Outstanding English Fusee Drop Dial Timepiece by Well-Documented Maker John Barwise c1810
We present for consideration, this wonderful George III period fusee drop dial timepiece of the highest quality workmanship and finish by famous and well-documented clock and watchmaker John Barwise of London.
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Immaculate condition for age and the clock was serviced in late 2020. It looks stunning and is in fine working order.
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We present for consideration, this wonderful George III period fusee drop dial timepiece of the highest quality workmanship and finish by famous and well-documented clock and watchmaker John Barwise of London. In excellent working order and condition, this timepiece represents a superb example of outstanding and eminent English clockmaking ability in the early 19th Century.
Born around 1756 in Cockermouth, Cumbia, Barwise came from a distinguished clockmaking dynasty who relocated to London c1777. By 1790 he had set-up a clock, watchmaking and jewellery business at 29 St Martin's Lane, London and it was from this address, that Barwise entered into partnership with two of his sons, Weston and John Barwise Jr, and between them they secured many Royal Warrants to design and produce fine precision clocks and watches of distinction for numerus members of royalty (commencing with King George IV in 1820), some of which work can still be viewed at St. James’s Palace and the Science Museum in South Kensington.
Aligned to this magnificent pedigree, this exquisite timepiece is quality personified, with an extremely well-balanced solid Mahogany case exhibiting an octogen-shaped head over a classically profiled drop box, (incorporating a delicate front visible pendulum glazed aperture).
The cabinetwork render is delightfully simplistic in nature, with the inclusion of subtle Boxwood marquetry around the frontal boundaries of the case, reinforced with hand-carved beaded embellishment surrounding the glazed aperture and across the box. There is also a hinged inspection door to the side of the case.
The clocks clean cream dial has black painted Roman numerals with a J.Barwise, London signature, and finished with an original pair of blued steel Spade hands secured with a pinned collet. The clocks face is then protected by a thick glaze mounted in a solid brass bezel.
The clock benefits from an immaculate and fully functional 8-day single fusee movement set between shouldered plates, complete with its original 74mm diameter brass pendulum bob.
An outstanding British clock, from and outstanding British clockmaking dynasty, and a rare opportunity for serious collectors and investors to consider.