Two Train Long Case Clock Late 1700s: hood and dial
Late 1700s, English, two train, 8 day, Long Case Clock striking the full hours on a bell. The movement driven by two original brass cased weights on gut lines and a brass rod and brass cased pendulum bob. The brass dial (about 33 cm wide by 46 cm high) arches over the painted moon dial that has to its surround the 29½ day lunar phase engraved with the maker’s name Richard Stone Thame to the outer top. Floral, bright cut engraving to centre and corners. Inner engraved Chapter ring with Roman numerals. A narrow, one minute, graduated double line circle enclosing same with the minutes in Arabic numerals at 5 minute intervals.
Below the 12, a nicely hand scalloped flange to the sunken seconds dial with original steel hand. Below the hand shaft carrying original, fancy, hand cut steel hands is a kidney shaped scalloped flanged and sunken calendar aperture. The Oak case with lift off, stepped top hood; ¾ plain columns with gilt bases and finials; ¼ columns to edge at rear of hood. The door with old hand made glass arched to match the shape of the dial. A vertical sliding bolt accessible via the trunk door locks the glazed door to the hood. Plain waisted case on plinth base; fancy edged and pierced lock plate over the key hole; handmade, proud out the front and fancy to inside steel hinges to trunk door. Height just over 2 m.
Richard Stone (of) Thame, a medieval market town in Oxfordshire, England, was the second son of Edward, a saddler. In the second half of C18th, the family was considered one of the most influential in the area and their home was the “The Spread Eagle” now a hotel in central Thame. Richard was apprenticed to Charles House in London in 1761 and, on completing his apprenticeship, returned to Thame.