Westminster Abbey Architectural Skeleton Clock

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A majestic representation of Westminster Abbey, this rare architectural skeleton clock of exceptional workmanship is attributed to Evans of Handsworth, Birmingham. The maker is known as one of the first creators of architectural skeleton clocks, which first appeared in the mid-19th century. Evan's clocks were consistently made to the highest standards, and are distinguished by their grand size and robust materials intended to last.

The Westminster Abbey design is one of the best known and sought after motifs for architectural skeleton clocks, and those created by Evans are the most exquisite and technically superior. While most of Evan's Westminster clocks featured a two train movement, this particular timepiece features a three train fusée and chain movement with an anchor escapement and pendulum bob. Eight nested bells, four in each tower, chime on the quarter hour and strike on a coiled gong. The clock indicates the time on a beautiful silvered champlevé dial with Roman numerals. Adding to the elegance and rarity of this skeleton clock is the retention of its original two-tiered, white marble base resting upon bun feet.

Evans rarely signed their creations, yet the intricacy of construction and use of high-caliber materials are attributes of the firm's uncompromising craftsmanship. The clock bears the retailer's mark "Everington / Nottingham" on the façade, which was customary for the vast majority of skeleton clocks of this era to bear the mark of the retailer versus that of the maker.

Evan's Westminster Abbey skeleton clock is featured and discussed in Derek Robert's Skeleton Clocks: Britain 1800 to 1914 on pages 64-69,

circa 1860

Measures: 16" wide x 8" deep x 22" high
26" high with protective glass dome

Reference:
Skeleton clocks: Britain 1800 to 1914, 1996, Derek Roberts, pages 64-69.

Details

  • In the Style Of
    Other
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1860
    Dimensions
    26 in. H x 16 in. W x 8 in. D
    66 cm H x 41 cm W x 20 cm D
  • Dealer Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU89118377153
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