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John Powley, Asby - An Oak Thirty-hour Longcase Clock

An unusual oak longcase clock signed Powley, Asby, the ten-inch square brass dial has a raised chapter ring engraved with  black Roman numerals and ‘torch’ half-hour markings with the signature ‘Powley, Asby’ either side of VI o’clock. The matted  centre has a round, ringed date aperture and there are cast brass four-seasons spandrels to the corners. Interestingly the  single hand is made of brass,as seen in other clocks by the Powley family. The thirty-hour movement is a delight,having  finely finned pillars and delicate wheelwork for a clock of this nature, with a full outside countwheel for the bell strike. The  oak case is fairly primitive and in some ways resembles the early cases made to house lantern clocks, with the short base,  flatish concave mouldings above the base and below the hood and a flat-top hood without pillars to the corners and iron  butterfly hinges. The trunk has an arched door with a moulded edge.  Height: 86 inches (200 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

John Powley

The Powley family were well-known and highly regarded clock makers in the Westmoreland region, their movements are  always of the highest standard, as in this example, with fine, slender movement pillars and wonderful work to the  strikework. There were four clockmaking members of the family and the clocks were signed in a variety of ways. That this  one is signed ‘Powley, Asby’ would indicate it being a possible collaboration between William (working from circa 1700) and  his son John (working from circa 1730) and made circa 1740. The single brass hand is a throwback to the early lantern  clocks and is noted on other longcase clocks they made as are the four season corner spandrels. The oak case has a  primitive feel to it with the almost lantern case attributes to the hood and the proportions of the trunk. The engraving on  the ten-inch square brass dial is particlarly fine, especially the decoration at the half-hours. John was known to have dug his  own copper from the surrounding hills to use in both their clockmaking and in the making of watch cases which they sold  as ‘like Pinchbeck’. This was a century before a copper mine was officially established at Great Asby. William Powley, born 1681, was he son of the Asby clockmaker John Powley and his wife Ellen Willan who John married in  1679. William married Agnes Taylor in 1707 with whom he had six children between 1708 and 1720, including John, his  eldest, who joined his father in the business. William died in 1768 aged 87.   John Powley, born 1708, was apprenticed to his father and remained a bachelor all his life. It is therefore quite possible that  he remained in the family home for the duration and worked alongside his father in the workshop. He died in 1779, eleven  years after his father. It is known that both he and William signed clocks under their own names, but in some cases, such as  this, a clock would be without an initial or first name and would’ve been a collaboration between the two. 

Price: Sold

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John Powley, Asby - A Thirty-hour Oak Longase Clock

An unusual oak longcase clock signed Powley, Asby, the ten-inch square brass dial has a  raised chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals and ‘torch’ half-hour markings  with the signature ‘Powley, Asby’ either side of VI o’clock. The matted centre has a round, ringed date aperture and there are cast brass four-seasons spandrels to the corners.  Interestingly the single hand is made of brass,as seen in other clocks by the Powley family. The thirty-hour movement is a delight,having finely finned pillars and delicate wheelwork for a clock of this nature, with a full outside countwheel for the bell strike. The oak case is fairly primitive and in some ways resembles the early cases made to house lantern clocks, with the short base, flatish concave mouldings above the base and below the hood and a flat-top hood without pillars to the corners and iron butterfly hinges. The trunk has an  arched door with a moulded edge. Height: 96 inches (244 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

John Powley

The Powley family were well-known and highly regarded clock makers in the Westmoreland region, their movements are always of the highest standard, as in this example, with fine, slender movement pillars and wonderful work to the strikework. There were four  clockmaking members of the family and the clocks were signed in a variety of ways. That  this one is signed ‘Powley, Asby’ would indicate it being a possible collaboration between William (working from circa 1700) and his son John (working from circa 1730) and made  circa 1740. The single brass hand is a throwback to the early lantern clocks and is noted on other longcase clocks they made as are the four season corner spandrels. The oak case has a primitive feel to it with the almost lantern case attributes to the hood and the proportions of the trunk. The engraving on the ten-inch square brass dial is particlarly fine, especially the decoration at the half-hours. John was known to have dug his own copper from the  surrounding hills to use in both their clockmaking and in the making of watch cases which they sold as ‘like Pinchbeck’. This was a century before a copper mine was officially  established at Great Asby. William Powley, born 1681, was he son of the Asby clockmaker John Powley and his wife  Ellen Willan who John married in 1679. William married Agnes Taylor in 1707 with whom he had six children between 1708 and 1720, including John, his eldest, who joined his father in the business. William died in 1768 aged 87. John Powley, born 1708, was apprenticed to his father and remained a bachelor all his life. It is therefore quite possible that he remained in the family home for the duration and worked alongside his father in the workshop. He died in 1779, eleven years after his father. It is  known that both he and William signed clocks under their own names, but in some cases, such as this, a clock would be without an initial or first name and would’ve been a  collaboration between the two.

Price: Sold

Ref: 1274

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