A fine long case clock by Francis Arkinstall of Market Drayton circa 1810.
The case is of lovely warm oak with mahogany cross banding and boxwood and ebony stringing. The swan neck pediment is well proportioned and together with the fluted columns and break arch dial makes for an impressive looking clock.
The dial is painted with Arabic numerals and floral garlands to the break arch. It is signed ‘F Arkinstall Market Drayton’
The movement is a good quality 8 – day movement striking the hours on a single bell.
Born in 1781 Francis Arkinstall was known to be working from his premises in High Street, Market Drayton from 1807(around the time of his marriage to local dress-maker Miss Groom) and his death in 1846. The census of 1841 shows “Francis Arkinstall, Clock maker age 60, of High Street. Maria Arkinstall, aged 25(presumably his daughter). Douglas Elliott’s ‘Shropshire Clock and Watchmakers’ tells of a specific occasion “A watch stolen at Newport Fair in the June of 1829, made by this maker, was identified by him at the County Quarter Sessions as having been sold by him to Mr Thorpe (a silver watch with a metal chain, and two steel swivels and a steel seal attached, worth £2)”.
The clock has been fully restored and is ready to be delivered.