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C1820 Stunning Regency Mahogany Striking Pad Top Fusee Bracket Clock By Orpwood And Ablett Of Ipswich

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Sold by: Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd


A beautifully made fine English mahogany bracket clock by William Orpwood and John Ablett of Ipswich.
This Bracket clock has all the hallmarks of being a very finely made bracket clock in the finest of mahogany veneers and stunning finely pierced gilt fretwork. The Single pad top case having a solid, well cast handle is set off against the brass bound "pad". The engraved and finely pierced fretwork panels are in a wonderful unmolested condition and have been re silked in a lovely deep burgundy colour.
The engraved backplate to the double fusee striking movement has been executed well and demonstrates the skills of the maker. The clock wheels are very thin and fine being under 2mm in thickness and having a tooth form of the earlier straight cut form. The attention to detail in the movement is carried through to the lever work. the lift lever having a finely hand cut scroll to its end. this feature would only be seen by the master or subsequent clock repairers and there simply for design.
The painted dial is simply lovely, I have purposely not had the dial repaired, touched up or altered in anyway. It displays a wonderful patina and is in a condition that could not be replicated. It has taken over 200 years for this dial to look like this. There are no chips or touch ups to the dial but it does show signs of the original lacquer aging and has peeled in places. The dial is stable however and does not need any interference just yet.
William Orpwood is listed in c1790 and is clearly the master in this relationship as John Ablett finished his apprentiship in c1819. This piece having numerals to the original dial can be closely dated to around the c1820's as this practice discontinued by c1830. At this point, William would have been nearing retirement. Because of the clear quality of this piece, and the ques to earlier standards this clock could have been a final apprentice piece from John to demonstrate his abilities to William. There are no records of William and John setting up in business together as equals.
This is a good opportunity to aquire a stunning regency clock in a most wonderful condition. As always, all my clocks have been fully restored and conserved by me personally and come with full three year guarantee for your peace of mind.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Regency.


Height = 40 cm (15.7")
Width = 29 cm (11.4")
Depth = 20 cm (7.9")

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