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Mahogany Longcase Clock by Alexander Cumming, London

£19000

A fine George III mahogany longcase clock by this eminent maker, dated c.1790.

A super quality clock, the case feautures some beautiful flame-figured mahogany veneers, especially to the trunk door and base. The hood has a shallow moulded broken-arch with cavetto cornice, over brass stop-fluted columns and foliate-pierced side frets. The panel-fronted plinth base is raised on a moulded double skirt.

The 8-day five pillar rack and bell striking movement has a deadbeat escapement.

The 12-inch silvered brass Roman numeral dial has a large subsidiary seconds dial and calendar aperture to the centre and Arabic five minutes to outer track. At the twelve o’clock position is a N/S strike/silent lever. The dial is signed Alexander Cumming, LONDON to the arch.

Original matching pierced steel hands.

Alexander Cumming was born in Edinburgh 1733 and initially worked as a clock and watchmaker in Inveraray. By 1763 he had moved to London and had been appointed as a member of the commission to adjudicate Harrison’s marine timekeeper. In 1765 Cumming presented his celebrated barograph clock for King George III before completing his best-known work on horology Elements of Clock and Watch Work Adapted to Practice in 1766.

In 1781 he was made an Honoury Freeman of the Clockmakers Company. Alexander Cumming died in 1814 leaving his business to his nephew, John Grant.

Fully overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.

  • Height: 195cm (77ins)

Price includes delivery within mainland UK.

Ref: D330

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