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18th Century Whitehurst Of Derby Longcase Clock

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Sold by: Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd

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An !8th Century oak longcase clock by the eminent John Whitehurst FRS of Derby ( 1713 - 1788) Among his many attributes including inventing the "tell tale" clock, John Whitehurst FRS was one of the finest maker of Turret Clocks and domestic longcases. ohn Whitehurst lived in Derby from 1736 to 1780.
He was one of the foremost scientists of his day, father of modern geology and founder member of the Lunar Society along with Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood, James Watt and others.
As a clock maker and engineer, Whitehurst's innovations included the round dial long case clock, a standardisation of parts and the manufacture of components to very high tolerances. He also made compasses, waywisers,timers for pottery kilns, pyrometers and barometers. Whitehurst's most important achievement was in geology. In 1763 he sent Benjamin Franklin ( an occasional visitor to his Derby house ), an outline of his theory on the origin and formation of the earth, later published. The second edition (pub 1786) included a section on the strata of Derbyshire.
His work on strata facilitated the prospecting and mining of minerals such as coal, lead and copper and he had a stake in the extraction operations of Anthony Tissington, proprietor of a very prosperous mining company which owned mines not only in Derbyshire but also in Yorkshire, Durham and Scotland.
John Whitehurst was born 10th April 1713, eldest son of John Whitehurst who was a clock maker from Congleton. His interest in geology was fostered by his father in long walks in the Derbyshire Peak District.
He set up in Derby about 1736 where he presented a turret clock to the corporation for installation in the new 1731 Guildhall thus gaining his freedom to trade as a burgess. His home in Iron Gate still stands. He moved in 1764 to a house in Queen Street rebuilt for him by Pickford, which had once been the home of John Flamstead and which later became the home of Joseph Wright.
He married Elizabeth Gretton in 1745 and worked as Church Warden of All Saints in 1761-62.
Whitehurst obtained the position of Stamper of the Money Weights at the Royal Mint under an act of 1780, finally leaving Derby in 1780 for London.
He died in 1788 leaving his property and clock making business to his nephew John Whitehurst 11, son of his brother James who had succeeded to his fathers firm in Congleton.
This particular clock is a good example of his work and features the rarer "four seasons" spandrels to the four corners of the dial. The Case is made from a good quality oak and has the typical "Derby" look to it, being plain and without fussiness.
The well silvered dial has the typical half moon date ring driven directly from the centre arbor and retians its original undamaged hands.
The movement has been totally overhauled by me personally and has the typical trademarks of John Whitehurst being "bullnose" collets and good quality steel and brass parts.
With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and watches, working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering one years warranty on all of our timepieces.
I am a master clockmaker, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and a member of the British watch and clockmakers guild. Overton Clocks is a traditional clock shop based in the heart of Chesterfield on two floors hosting a showroom and in-house fully equipped workshop.
For case studies and examples of our work, please see our website (overtonclock.co.
With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country, We are proud to say that we are now the exclusive restoration company for Steam Mill Clocks.
As well as this, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces.
I am a master clockmaker, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and a member of the British watch and clockmakers guild. Overton Clocks is a traditional clock shop based in the heart of Chesterfield on two floors hosting a showroom and in-house fully equipped workshop.
For case studies and examples of our work, please see our website (overtonclock.co.uk) or find us on Facebook ( overtonclocks) for regular updates



Declaration

This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Dimensions

Height = 202 cm (79.5")
Width = 46 cm (18.1")
Depth = 26 cm (10.2")


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Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
United Kingdom
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