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Samuel Pearse, Axminster - A Mahogany Longcase Clock

A mahogany longcase clock of lovely colour with an eight-day duration movement that strikes the  hours on a bell, the 12 inch painted dial has black Roman numerals, subsidiary date dial, blued steel  decorative hands and is signed with the maker’s name ‘S. Pearse, Axminster’, the corners are  decorated with painted and gold-leaf sheaths of corn to the top two corners and gold-leaf shells to  the lower ones. The falseplate is embossed with dialmakers' name 'Walker & Finnemore,  Birmingham' which is repeated to the rear of the date dial.  The mahogany case has flat-topped trunk door, a plain base with shaped plinth & Devon-style  cresting to the hood with a 'chimney' behind, which has the addition of plain hood pillars with brass  capitals, the whole surmounted by three brass finials. Height: 88 inches (223 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Samuel Pearse

Samuel Pearse was christened in Sidbury on the 29th of September 1778, his parents being William  & Sarah Pearse both  from the South Hams area of South Devon. He married Ann Bowdige, from  Axminster, on the 10th of June 1806 and they  had five children. Pearse is recorded as working in  Lyme Street, Axminster, Devon from at least 1830 when he advertised  for an apprentice. His first  wife, Ann, died before 1828, the year he married Arundel Webber on the 30th of August. At  some  point in his later life Samuel moved with his familt to Wellington in Somerset before moving, circa  1851, to be with  his youngest daughter Caroline in Woodbury, Devon where he died in 1864 having  moved into his own residence some  three years or so previously.

Walker & Finnemore

George Walker & William Finnemore were a partnership of two of the most influential dialmakers  in Birmingham in the first part of the 19th century. They are first recorded working in 1808 at  Edmund Street although they were quite probably together for a few years before this date. Walker has a very distinctive style, or rather styles, using very angular and linear work as opposed to  Finnemore's more floral and 'realistic' patterns. Indeed a psychologist has suggested, having studied  the work of Walker, that he most likely suffered from migraines and was a schizophrenic. This dial  shows all the signs of Finnemore's influence, especially in the use of gold leaf and in the use in the  design of actual real, rather than theoretical, designs. The partnership split up in 1811 after which  George Walker's dials, having lost the shackles of Finnemore, became ever more flamboyant. A year  or so later he was once again in a partnership with another influential dialmaker, Thomas Hughes  whilst William Finnemore went out on his own and started a dialmaking concern that stretched on  for a number of years beyond his death, being run by firstly his wife and then his sons.

Price: £3,200.00

Ref: 1212

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Samuel Pearse, Axminster - A Mahogany Longcase Clock

A mahogany longcase clock of lovely colour with an eight-day duration movement that  strikes the  hours on a bell, the 12 inch painted dial has black Roman numerals, subsidiary date dial, blued steel  decorative hands and is signed with the maker’s name ‘S. Pearse,  Axminster’, the corners are  decorated with painted and gold-leaf sheaths of corn to the top two corners and gold-leaf shells to  the lower ones. The falseplate is embossed with  dialmakers' name 'Walker & Finnemore,  Birmingham' which is repeated to the rear of the date dial.  The mahogany case has flat-topped trunk door, a plain base with shaped plinth & Devon-style  cresting to the hood with a 'chimney' behind, which has the addition of plain hood pillars with brass  capitals, the whole surmounted by three brass finials. Height: 88 inches (223 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Samuel Pearse

Samuel Pearse was christened in Sidbury on the 29th of September 1778, his parents being William  & Sarah Pearse both from the South Hams area of South Devon. He married Ann  Bowdige, from  Axminster, on the 10th of June 1806 and they had five children. Pearse is  recorded as working in  Lyme Street, Axminster, Devon from at least 1830 when he  advertised for an apprentice. His first  wife, Ann, died before 1828, the year he married  Arundel Webber on the 30th of August. At some  point in his later life Samuel moved with his familt to Wellington in Somerset before moving, circa  1851, to be with his youngest  daughter Caroline in Woodbury, Devon where he died in 1864 having  moved into his own residence some three years or so previously.

Walker & Finnemore

George Walker & William Finnemore were a partnership of two of the most influential  dialmakers  in Birmingham in the first part of the 19th century. They are first recorded  working in 1808 at  Edmund Street although they were quite probably together for a few  years before this date. Walker has a very distinctive style, or rather styles, using very angular and linear work as opposed to  Finnemore's more floral and 'realistic' patterns. Indeed a  psychologist has suggested, having studied  the work of Walker, that he most likely suffered from migraines and was a schitsophrenic. This dial  shows all the signs of Finnemore's  influence, especially in the use of gold leaf and in the use in the  design of actual real, rather than theoretical, designs. The partnership split up in 1811 after which  George Walker's  dials, having lost the shackles of Finnemore, became ever more flamboyant. A year  or so  later he was once again in a partnership with another influential dialmaker, Thomas Hughes  whilst William Finnemore went out on his own and started a dialmaking concern that  stretched on  for a number of years beyond his death, being run by firstly his wife and then his sons.

Price: £3,200.00

Ref: 1212

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