A fine early oak longcase clock by Gabriel Smith, Barthomley (Cheshire) C1705.
The hood has a caddy top with 3 giltwood finials, attached turned columns to the door and there are 2 side windows. The trunk door has a glass lenticle and a ½ round beaded surround. A plain base sits on a small plinth.
The 8-day movement strikes the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel, it has 5 elaborately turned pillars, heavy plates and good wheelwork. The 11 ¾ " solid brass dial has corner spandrels applied chapter and seconds dials ringed winding holes and date aperture with an engraved surround.
Gabriel Smith was without doubt one of the best early provincial makers born in 1654. He worked in barthomley from around 1690 – 1722 when he moved to Nantwich. He died in Barthomeley in 1743.
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