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a george i mahogany verge bracket clock by john kirkwood c1725


A George I Mahogany Verge Bracket Clock By John Kirkwood C1725

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Sold by: Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd

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A George I Mahogany Verge Bracket Clock by John Kirkwood c1725, John Kirkwood of Redpath Scotland appears to be a well respected maker and according to an entry in the Scottish Clockmaker book was paid to manufacture a new clock for the town of Lauder. The extract is below
KIRKWOOD, JOHN. Lauder, 1734. See Common Clock
of Lauder, page 219
"LAUDER, 13th November 1734. The bailies and
council having taken into their consideration that the
clock of the burgh is in great disrepair and very
insufficient, the same having been visited by John
Kirkwood, clocksmith at Hardgatehead, have resolved
that a new clock shall be made by him with the greatest
expedition and settup in the steiple of the Tolbooth
"of the said burgh. Qrfore they hereby empower
and authorise John Moffat and Richard Allan, present
bailies, to contract with the said John Kirkwood for making of a sufficient new clock at a price not exceeding four hundred merks, for which this shall be their
warrant, and appoints this to be subscribed by the Clerk
of Court in their name and presence."
The following is a copy of the inscription engraved on a brass plate attached to the above clock : "John Moffat, Bailie, MDCCXXXV., William Lauder,
Treasurer, John Kirkwood, Fecit. This clock was
removed to Mellerstoun, 1859. New one made by
R. & R. Murray." A. THOMSON, Lander and Lauderdale.
The well made but un-fussy mahogany case has had little repairwork done over the past 300 years and this was evident in the condition of the movement when overhauled. Being of smaller proportions to its London contemporaries this lock is stunning in its simple but purposeful look, without fretwork panels or ornate handles and garniture this clock was made to last. The very well made five knopped pillar verge (crownwheel) escapement movement with pull repeat and rack striking is devoid of fussy backplate engraving as found on the London clocks. When found, this clock was incredibly dusty having spent many years stored away. The movement has had very little repairwork undertaken over the years and what I can deduce is that the clock eventually fell out of fashion and was put away. I have personally re-commissioned the movement and have purposely not over restored or polished the clock. This approach has enabled the patina to shine through.
A rare opportunity to acquire a rare Scottish George I clock made when the Scottish Jacobite rebellion was still a fresh cause.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Georgian.


Height = 45 cm (17.7")
Width = 25 cm (9.8")
Depth = 15 cm (5.9")

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