An attractive and highly original early Victorian eight-day timepiece
The single fusee movement has its original London pendulum and holdfast. The dial with original paintwork signed for Whitaker, Camberwell, has maltese cross hands to match the case inlay and is surrounded by a silvered sight ring and covered by a heavy brass bezel with bevelled glass.
The case of flame mahogany veneer with brass stringing and brass and ebony inlay, is surmounted by restrained carving and sits on turned hardwood button feet. A single key operates both the bezel catch and the lock to the glazed rear door.
William Whitaker senior is recorded as working in Camberwell between 1805 and 1824. He was apprenticed to Thomas Langford, clockmaker of St Bartholomew the Great, London on 29th August 1785 for 7 years at a fee of £16-16-0d. In 1825 He was named as executor of his nephew John Whitaker ahead of his nephew undertaking a voyage to Buenos Aires. There is a clock by William Senior in No 10 Downing Street and a watch in the V&A
William Whitaker junior was born around 1811 in Camberwell, is listed as a clock and watchmaker in the 1856 trade directory, as a trader in the 1878 directory and last appears in the 1881 Census.
The movement is in fine original condition, has been professionally serviced and is guaranteed for 12 months from date of purchase. The case has been sensitively cleaned and polished retaining signs of age and use.
Price £950 (no VAT)
Free local delivery and set-up (Bristol, Bath, Swindon)
Delivery to and set up in other locations £1.10 per mile from Chippenham
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