Sam Stirling Bracket Clock
Rare early English bracket clock, circa 1780. Amazingly this clock is entirely original. 24 1/2" to top of finial, width at feet is 12 3/4", depth at feet is 8 1/4".
Flame mahogany case with ormolu caryatid mounts to the front corners. Ormolu arched sound frets on sides. Brass carrying handles. Brass molding around archied door glass. Both front and rear door locks are present and working. Ormolu finials. None of the omulu pieces have been polished or stripped or refinished, all original. Unusual top block and bracket is removable.
The original 8-day twin fusee movement retains it's original verge and crown wheel escapement. Short bob pendulum. Strikes the hours on a bell. The strike can be turned off at night by turning the strike/not strike hand in the arch of the dial. The movement backplate has beautiful engravings. Hour pull repeat feature operated by a cord.
Both dial discs are silvered and finely engraved. The old silvering is in quite nice condition (95% perfect). Small window with day of the month calendar, works. Dial signed Sam Stirling, London. Original blued steel hands.
Baillie reference book lists only one Stirling in London, John Stirling, a watchmaker, 1784-94. This clock is extremely similar to another made by John Taylor, 1780.