An elegantly proportioned 8 – day library clock.
The case is Mahogany veneer which has mellowed over the years to a wonderful warm tone which really brings out the detail of the flame in the grain. The case has a stepped top with a subtle brass binding to add a level of scientific style detail to the clock. The clock sits on square pad feet. The side and top glasses are heavy beveled with a glazed rear door. The silvered arch top dial is extremely well engraved and sits behind a silvered sight ring and flat glass. The hands are of blued steel and have a wonderful cross type detailing.
The movement runs for 8 – days and is of typically high quality for a clock of this type. The movement is a single fusee with gut line, powering a recoil anchor escapement. The pendulum is of the ‘London adjustment’ type with a heavy brass bob. The movement has a pendulum hold fast bolt for transit.
Cousens and Whiteside are shown as working from London between 1844 and 1851. It must be assumed that they were working beyond those dates as they are listed as an exhibitor in the Great Exhibition of 1851 where they displayed an exciting sounding watch displaying seconds to an accuracy of 1/6 of a second.
Signed to the dial: Counsens & Whiteside, 20 Davies Street, Berkley Square.
Signed to the movement backplate: Cousens and Whiteside, 20 Davies Street.
Dimensions: H 10 1/2″ x W 7″ x D 5 1/2″