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Antique wall clock by John Skinner of Exeter


A handsome late George III period mahogany dial timepiece by John Skinner of Exeter. This fine example with its 18 inch circular wooden painted dial with pierced brass hands, retains its original crackelure finish.

The dial is signed John Skinner, Exeter. The dial is retained within a boldly moulded brass bezel and mahogany surround. The good quality and substantial movement of a weeks duration has tapered plates and five turned knopped pillars, with anchor escapement.

The movement is stamped on the front plate Thwaites (London)and numbered 4924 which dates the clock to 1812 exactly. Thwaites clocks are numbered between 4821-5010 for this year.






John Skinner was apprenticed in Honiton to Jerom Murch in 1763. He married Susanna Mortimore at St Pauls Church, Exeter, in November 1774. His main premises were in the High Street, Exeter but he also owned leasehold property in Bartholomew Street West, part of which was let as a public house, the Exeter Arms. In 1813 he acquired 20 HIgh Street for £1,700. Skinner died aged 71 in 1818 and was buried In St Sidwell's churchyard. His estate was sworn in at under £7,000.
See 'Devon Clocks and Clockmakers' by Clive N Ponsford, page 297.

For a similar clock see page 43, plate 14 'English dial clocks' by Ronald E Rose



Date: circa 1812
Diameter: 21.00inch (53 cm)

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