A Georgian period grandfather or tall case clock from about 1790 has a worn signature, visible only under black light, "J. Raper, Thirsk." This ancient market town of about 5,000 people is north of York in England. Originally settled about 600 BC, it is the home of veterinarian and writer, James Herriot. This maker could be a relative of the noted Sidney Raper, a clockmaker of the era in Thirsk.
The original brass movement has been professionally oiled and adjusted to keep accurate time. A winding runs a week, counting the hour on a bell. The iron dial has worn original painting, including a hunt scene and is signed on the back, "Walker." Numerals are repainted, as is typical. Engraved brass hour and minute hands are original.
The mahogany case is inlaid with satinwood banding. An excellent restored finish preserves just enough mars, wear and shrinkage separations from age for a little antique patina.
Dimensions are 21" wide, 11" deep and 83" tall.
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.
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