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James II ebony bracket clock by Edward Burgis

London

A rare James II ebony and gilt-metal basket-top quarter-striking spring table clock. The latched 7 1/4 inch square dial has a matted centre, silvered and engraved chapter-ring with strike/silent above 'XII'.

The 3-train verge fusee movement quarter-strikes on two bells and has a beautifully engraved backplate with tulips and scrollwork, and the maker's name 'Edward Burgis Londini fecit'.

Literature

*Edward Burgis lived in St Saviour's Southwark. Although he seems never to have joined the Clockmakers' Company, he was well respected by them and was asked to adjudicate a clockmaking contest on their behalf. Longcase, bracket, and lantern clocks by him survive. He was active from probably the 1670s until well into the 1st quarter of the 18th century.

See Brian Loomes, Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 (2014), p. 102.

Date: circa 1685
Width: 26.50cm (10 inches)
Height: 33.00cm (13 inches)
Depth: 16.00cm (6.30 inches)

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