Item sold on 2016-02-08 - Shipped on 2016-02-12
Shipper: PLYCON (708-339-8805)
The Rolls Royce of clocks, this tall case or grandfather clock is signed by premier English maker, "Elliott of London." Entirely original, this historic 5 tube chime movement was hand made in England around the late 1890's.
The wonderfully machined and signed brass movement keeps excellent time and has been professionally cleaned and oiled, engraved "J.J. Elliott, 121 -123 Rosebery Ave., London." Every quarter hour, the strike has warm and musical resonance, playing the familiar Westminster melody on five tuned chime tubes, also counting the hour. A lever chooses silent or chimes on the movement, which has been cleaned and oiled recently.
The intricate gold plated dial is engraved, "R. J. Horner & Son, NYC," the famed dealer who originally sold the clock, the case appears American made.
James Jones Elliott was apprenticed in 1865, he went into business for himself at 156 Cheapside, London and patented the original weight driven tubular chime movement that was widely copied by others. The moon dial is unrestored and has losses to the hand painting as shown. Locks and key work on the solid mahogany case.
Deep moldings and lion paw carved feet are imposing. The original finish has some crazing from age and a little wear for character, see photos. Upper glass is original and wavy, the lower pane is beveled. To hang the chime tubes, the back panel is removable.
This clock needs to be "set up" when delivered - weights and pendulum attached and the case leveled. Most of our customers can do this as we walk them through the fairly simple steps by phone. The process is not very difficult, and it is also nice to know how to do this again whenever the clock needs to be moved for cleaning, painting or whatever. A few customers prefer to hire a local clockmaker at their own expense to make a house-call and set up the clock, which is usually not very expensive, depending on your location.
Dimensions of this brilliant antique clock are 25" wide, 18" deep and 8' 4" tall to the tip of the detachable finial.
See 30 photos on Harp Gallery website that enlarge to full screen size.