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A Rare English Longcase Clock c.1825

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A Rare English Longcase Clock c.1825

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17 42 214

A rare and quintessentially English longcase clock, in superb condition with a wonderful painted dial.
The case is made of oak with mahogany and holly wooden veneers. It is a two weight, eight-day time and hourly striking longcase clock. The dial is signed by J. North, Liverpool (Lancs.), England. Please read the detailed description below for further information.


Case: 214 cm x 42 cm x 17 cm 

Detailed description:


  • Made of stained oak, mahogany, mahogany veneers and light wood veneering. 
  • The hood has a convex moulded broken-arch pediment centering a plinth with carved ball and spire finial and a mahogany triangular keystone splits, the mahogany veneered tympanum with its arched cornice. 
  • Below is the arched glazed dial door with simple round pull flanked by two well knopped, ringed and turned wooden colonnettes. At the rear of the hood the stiles are rectangular. 
  • A stepped concave moulding transitions down to the waist with its three-quarter length trunk door with single pointed top. 
  • There are horizontal veneered friezes above and below the door with a strip of light and dark inlay. 
  • The hinged trunk door is ornamented with four dark arrow head (or leaves) inlays at the center and the center is enclosed by large ovoid light/dark patterned veneering. 
  • The door is flanked by chamfered case corners. 
  • A double stepped ogival moulding leads down to the square base with its inset panel decorated with the four arrowheads surrounded by a four-leaf clover design of light/dark inlays. The case corners have light vertical string inlay in this base section. The sides of the case are solid. 

Dial and Movement:

  • The dial has a painted arched white iron dial with enameled Roman hour chapter ring and closed minute track to the outside, circular subsidiary continuous seconds dial under twelve, downturned mouth calendar aperture under the dial center. 
  • The lower dial is marked in script “J. North, Liverpool”. The signature is surrounded by swirls and flourishes and this was one of the common traits of Birmingham dial painting firm of William Finnemore (1812-1825) or William Finnemore & Son (1828-1836).
  • The four corners are very colorful and superbly executed with white blue and pink flowers on the vine with leaves. The same pattern repeated in the four spandrels. 
  • The lunette is seen only through the door glass and appears to be a farm scene with the family going to town in a horse drawn carriage. Again, very well done in the English tradition, with the painting filling the lunette. 
  • The movement is a rectangular solid brass plate movement with brass knopped and cuffed pillars connecting the plates at the corners and pinned to secure the plates together. There is an anchor escapement, grooved winding drums, flywheel gear and rack and snail striking mechanism. The two iron weights drive the clock for eight days and cause striking every hour on an overhead bell. A long pendulum rod and round bob swing inside the lower case in front of the backboard and behind the descending weights. 



  • The case is in very fine condition with very nice form, line and proportion. 
  • The dial is a wonderful dial in the fine Birmingham style of the Finnemore family painters. It is just missing the seconds hand. 
  • Movement is original to this case and genuine. 
  • Clock is not functional.
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