An authentic Georgian period grandfather or tall case clock from around 1820 is signed, "Bob Wiggan of Colne." Robert Wiggan is shown in some records as working from about 1807 until his death in 1848, others list him as active 1814-1828.
Colne is a small market town in Lancashire, England, about 25 miles north of Manchester. Once a prosperous woolen and cotton industry town, the population has declined to 18,000 today. The church, St. Bartholomew's, dates from 1122.
The brass movement has been professionally oiled and adjusted, and keeps accurate time for a week on a winding. A bell strike counts the hour on this antique clock. The dial has significant crackling and losses, with some old repainting in the numerals and center. Gold leaf accents and the moon dial are especially beautiful. Hand engraved brass hour and minute hands appear original.
The substantial mahogany case has an old finish in very fine condition with warm patina. Inlaid satinwood and ebony banding is delicate. There are warps and shrinkage separations from age. The door lock works and brass mounts on the pediment have a few dings and also appear original.
Size is 26 1/2" wide, 12" deep and 93" 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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