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Georgian bracket clock by William Scafe


A good quality ebonised brass dial bracket clock by this 18th century 'maker of repute'. The moulded and veneered case has an inverted bell top, which is surmounted by five brass finials and a delicately carved fret. Typical of William Scafe, his signature is found in the arch on a silvered semi-circular disc. The strike/silent feature in the arch is most unusual. The two dials are separated by a profusely engraved brass centrepiece of floral designs, with a bird motif beneath the maker's signature.The matted dial centre has both calendar and mock pendulum apertures. The 8-day hour striking movement has pull repeat on the hour. The back plate is also finely engraved with foliate designs and a bird motif which echoes the engraving in the arch.




1750 to 1760


William Scafe is recorded on page 283 of Bailie's Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World: Volume 1 as a 'maker of repute' who was free of the Clockmakers Company in 1721. Scafe was appointed Master of the Clockmakers Company in 1749. The dial layout on clocks by William Scafe is often very distinctive and in this case this applies to the unusual strike/silent design in the arch. He worked from King St near the Guildhall and is also listed as "clockmaker" of Milk Street, Cheapside. He died in 1765. See Loomes, Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 (2014), p.429.


The Three Georges Clockmaking in Hanoverian England 1714 - 1820 (2014)


Superb condition

Date: circa 1750 to 1760
Height: 18.00inch (46 cm)

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