Stunning c1800 English Fusee Drop Dial Timepiece by William Swann

£2,900.00

Stunning 8-day fusee drop dial timepiece from the George III period, by master clockmaker William Swann of Stockport, circa 1800, in immaculate condition and excellent working order.

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Measurements

Height: 62cm
Width: 38cm
Depth: 16cm
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Condition

Immaculate condition for age and the clock was serviced in Nov 2020. It looks stunning and is in fine working order.

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Additional Information

Period: c1800
Material: burr Walnut
Origin: English

Stunning 8-day fusee drop dial timepiece from the George III period, by master clockmaker William Swann of Stockport, circa 1800, in immaculate condition and excellent working order.

William Swann was born into a Lancastrian cabinet and clockmaking family in 1764, a family that specialised in building longcase clocks. Having served as apprentice to his father and uncle for many years, William set-up on his own in Lower Hillgate, Stockport circa 1796 and started to produce a larger range of prestige commissioned clocks for the landed gentry of the day.

In line with this background, it is easy to understand why this is such a stunningly pleasing and collectable clock. The beautifully hand-crafted burr Walnut cabinet work, with octogen-shaped head over drop box, is expertly garnished with a delicate brass render of stringing intarsia, together with further brass embellishment surrounding its creatively shaped front visible pendulum glazed aperture. There is also an intricate fretted sound panel to the side of the case and a hinged inspection door to the bottom of the box.

The clean cream dial has black painted Roman numerals and exhibits the Willian Swann, Stockport signature, finished with an original pair of blued steel Spade hands secured with a pinned collet. The clocks face is protected by a thick bevelled glaze mounted in a solid brass bezel.

The clock benefits from an immaculate and fully functional 8-day single fusee chain driven movement set between shouldered plates, complete with its original 80mm diameter brass pendulum bob.

With all its outstanding hand-crafted component parts, this is a timepiece of exquisite character, balance, and a testament to late 18th Century English clockmaking ability and craftsmanship.