An unusual brass cased wall/table clock by Armstrong of Manchester
W. Payne & Co-163 New Bond Street, London
A very unusual and high quality bracket/table clock by this well known Clockmaker.
The 8 day duration double fusee movement of high quality design and with anchor escapement, signed to the backplate by the maker and striking the hours on a substantial gong. The backplate also fitted with a pendulum transportation facility. The silvered brass rectangular shaped dial signed by the maker with Roman Chapters and matching blued steel hands. The dial also with extremely finely engraved scrollwork foliage and flowers.
The high quality and unusually shaped case is veneered with pollard oak. This is very rarely used on bracket/table clocks of any period. The incredible burrs and colour of the veneer really makes for an impressive statement. The case is also further mounted with high quality gilt brass scrolls and fretwork. The sides of the case are both glazed as is the door to the front which also features a silvered brass surround. The rear door is also glazed Both locks are in working order.
Note: William Payne is first recorded at 62, South Moulton Street, London in 1816. By 1825 he had moved to 163, New Bond Street where the company remained until the early 1920's.
William Payne was an Exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. We have had several high quality examples of his work over the years. There appears to be some sort of connection between Payne and a famous Clockmaker by the name of Vulliamy as their high degree of quality and style are rather similar.
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