Unusual Edwardian longcase clock by Maple & Co of London
An excellent and high quality Edwardian mahogany Regulator longcase clock with Westminster and Whittington Chime.
The movement is of 8 day duration and strikes the quarter hours on eight chrome plated tubular rods hanging from the rear of the case and the main hour on a coiled gong. Also featuring Westminster and Whittington chime selection and a strike/silent mechanism. The movement is of the highest quality and has thick brass plates, deadbeat escapement and maintaining power. Its very likely that the clock movements were supplied to Maple & Co by Smiths & Sons of Clerkenwell, London. A very well known and successful Clockmaker also working during this period. The unusually painted convex dial is signed by the retailer Maple & Co, London. Also with Roman numerals and matching blued steel hands.
The very substantial, high quality and mahogany case both veneered and of solid mahogany construction. The case has a long trunk door enclosing three large brass weights and a pendulum. The whole case depicts an Ionic column and capital which is carved in solid mahogany below the main dial. The base features a shaped plinth and an applied ogee moulding to the main panel. The drum shaped hood has a lockable wooden bezel encasing the dial behind a convex glass and is carved with oak leaves and acorns.
A very unusual Edwardian longcase clock which would be the perfect interior design statement.
This clock is currently presented in an unrestored state. The full retail price will include a full service and overhaul to the movement and the necessary sympathetic restoration to the cabinet work.
Note: This clock may have originally been purchased as part of a set of furniture by the first owner or it was possibly made for a public place such as an entrance to a Town Hall. John Maple opened a small furnishing shop in the mid 19th century in Tottenham Court Road, London. By the 1880’s with the help of his son Sir John Blundell Maple the business became the largest furniture store in the world.