£13k for a rare George III tavern clock


2015-06-26 11:52:52


13k for a rare George III tavern clock

Original two-train cavern clocks like this one are very scarce, and it has just sold at auction

This fine and rare George III black japanned tavern clock beat its higher estimate at Dreweatts sale of Clocks and Scientific Instruments on February 17.

Crafted by Joseph Gurney,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.

Crafted by Joseph Gurney in Bristol, sold for 13,000

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

According to AJ Moore's definitive tome, The Clockmakers of Bristol 1650-1900, both Gurney and the clock originate in Paul Fraser Collectible's home city of Bristol.

Originally auctioned with an estimate of 7,000-10,000, the clock eventually sold for 13,000.

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.

Joseph Gurney'sexpertlycrafted timepiecesold alongsidea Charles II walnut hooded wall clockwhichrealised a final hammer price of 37,000.

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