£10k George III clock to sell at Dreweatts



2015-06-26 11:50:16

10k George III clock to sell at Dreweatts

And this is no ordinary clock, it originates from Paul Fraser Collectibles' home city of Bristol...

Dreweatts auctioneers will be holding a sale of Clocks and Scientific Instruments on February 17, featuring a number of historic timepieces from the 17th-18th centuries.

Selling alongside a circa-1685 Charles II walnut wall clock, crafted by the twice Mayor of Oxford John Knibb, is a circa-1790 tavern clock.

This fine and rare George III black japanned tavern clock was crafted by Joseph Gurney.

 A fine and rare George III tavern clock (7k-10k)

Its features include a five pillar rack and bell striking movement, with five-wheel trains, 25 inch circular cream-painted Arabic numerals and pierced brass hands.

Written in gilt upon the clock's slender trunk case is the signature "Jos:h. Gurney, BRISTOL".

As evidenced in Gurney's autograph, this timepiece originates in Paul Fraser Collectibles' home city of Bristol.

Joseph Gurney is recorded in AJ Moore's The Clockmakers of Bristol 1650-1900 as having working from 6 Bridge Street and Corn Street in the city, from 1783-98.

Two-train cavern clocks like these are very rare - and this example is all the more remarkable for having survived in relatively original condition, with its original finish to the case.

Another timepiece crafted by Gurney can be found in the Bristol City Museum collection.

The Gurney example auctioning at Dreweatts carries an estimate of 7,000-10,000.

Dreweatts in based in Donnington, UK. Pre-sale viewings will be held on February 13, 15, 16 and 17.

Meanwhile, click here to find out why Paul Fraser Collectibles has been named one of the 100 best things about Bristol.

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