THOMAS MOORE. A George II period shield dial tavern timepiece in a good state of preservation by this well-known Suffolk maker.

Offered by Howard Walwyn Ltd
THOMAS MOORE. A George II period shield dial tavern timepiece in a good state of preservation by this well-known Suffolk maker.

THOMAS MOORE. A George II period shield dial tavern timepiece in a good state of preservation by this well-known Suffolk maker.

Offered by Howard Walwyn
Date & Origin c. 1740 to 1750, IPSWICH
Dimensions
Description
A George II period shield dial tavern timepiece in a good state of preservation by this well-known Suffolk maker.

The case is of traditional shield design, the well moulded dial surround projects slightly on either side where it meets the trunk - the penultimate development of the shield before giving way to the round dial. The short trunk door has an arched top and applied edge moulding. The foot, original and undamaged, is of curved form with gilt foliate decoration.

The dial, made up of vertically laid oak, has a gold leaf chapter ring with double minutes circle and outside five minutes. The corners have simple leaf decoration, this being repeated on the corners of the surround. The hands are of brass with pierced stems. The signature is finely written below VI.

The lacquer decoration to the front door of the trunk is of a scene of two oritental figures in front of a pagoda in a rural setting. The trunk sides have the usual gilt chrysanthemums.

The movement with tapered plates and five pillars has a five wheel train to accommodate the limited fall of the weight. The anchor escapement has a brass rod pendulum and a large brass faced bob and a massive oval lead weight.

Height: 54 in (137 cm)
Width of dial: 30 in (76 cm)
Depth: 9 in (23 cm)

*For a full history of Thomas Moore, one of East Anglia's most illustrious clockmakers, see ‘Suffolk Clocks and Clockmakers’ by Haggar & Miller. Thomas was born in 1690 and died in 1762, being succeeded by his sons Edward and Hatley. The above authors suggest that the sons took over the business from about 1755 and that then, or certainly after the death of Thomas, clocks were signed simply Moore rather than Thos or Thomas Moore. However, from the style of this clock we date it as no later than circa 1750.

Signed / Inscribed
Thomas Moore Ipswich
P.O.A
Dimensions
Description
A George II period shield dial tavern timepiece in a good state of preservation by this well-known Suffolk maker.

The case is of traditional shield design, the well moulded dial surround projects slightly on either side where it meets the trunk - the penultimate development of the shield before giving way to the round dial. The short trunk door has an arched top and applied edge moulding. The foot, original and undamaged, is of curved form with gilt foliate decoration.

The dial, made up of vertically laid oak, has a gold leaf chapter ring with double minutes circle and outside five minutes. The corners have simple leaf decoration, this being repeated on the corners of the surround. The hands are of brass with pierced stems. The signature is finely written below VI.

The lacquer decoration to the front door of the trunk is of a scene of two oritental figures in front of a pagoda in a rural setting. The trunk sides have the usual gilt chrysanthemums.

The movement with tapered plates and five pillars has a five wheel train to accommodate the limited fall of the weight. The anchor escapement has a brass rod pendulum and a large brass faced bob and a massive oval lead weight.

Height: 54 in (137 cm)
Width of dial: 30 in (76 cm)
Depth: 9 in (23 cm)

*For a full history of Thomas Moore, one of East Anglia's most illustrious clockmakers, see ‘Suffolk Clocks and Clockmakers’ by Haggar & Miller. Thomas was born in 1690 and died in 1762, being succeeded by his sons Edward and Hatley. The above authors suggest that the sons took over the business from about 1755 and that then, or certainly after the death of Thomas, clocks were signed simply Moore rather than Thos or Thomas Moore. However, from the style of this clock we date it as no later than circa 1750.

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