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William Tomlinson, London - An Early 18th Century Ebonised Longcase Clock

An early 18th century ebonised longcase clock; the twelve-inch square brass dial has a raised silvered chapter ring  engraved with black Roman numerals, Arabic five minute outer numerals, diamond half hour markings, and further  diamond half quarter hour markings, and is signed either side of VI o’clock 'Wm Tomlinson, London'. The gilded matted dial  centre has ringed winding holes, date aperture and a subsidiary seconds dial with a raised silvered ring, with fine blued  steel hands. To the four corners are cast cherub & crown spandrels. The eight-day duration movement, with brass bound weights, strikes the hours on a bell with an inside countwheel. It is  fitted with five finned pillars, the centre one being latched.   The ebonised case has a double caddy top to the hood with fretwork to the two friezes and two giltwood ball and spire  finials. The ebonised hood pillars have cast brass capitals with a brass escutcheon to the lock. The trunk door has a round  lenticle to view the pendulum bob and a decorative cast brass escutcheon in a style much favoured by the top makers of  this period; with a plain base standing on applied plinth.   Height: 96 inches (244 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

William Tomlinson

William Tomlinson was a fine maker and is first recorded as becoming a Brother of the Clockmakers Company in 1699 and  Master on the 29th of September 1733. He worked at The Dial & Three Crowns, Birchin Lane, nr Royal Exchange; now in  White Hart Court, Gracechurch St. A Quaker, at some point he retired to Stoke Newington where he died in 1750.   Various clocks by Tomlinson are recorded including: A fine ebonised bracket clock made circa 1710: Catalogue of clocks for sale, White, Boniface, Thornbury. Date unknown.   A further ebonised bracket clock, with a three train chiming movement, was in the famed pre-war Wetherfield Collection;  see W.E. Hurcomb, The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks, second edition August 1929, page 32. A watch is known presented to the President of Harvard College, Edward Holyoake, after which the outer case was made  into a drinking cup.   A watch signed by Tomlinson, and dated 1719, is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.   A George II mahogany longcase clock, with moonphase: Sotheby's, Bond Street, 2nd February 1970, lot 213; sold to Pavolini  for £210.00. An almost identical case, and most probably from the same workshops, is shown housing a movement by Charles Goode of  London in Derek Roberts, British Longcase Clocks, page 34, where it is suggested that other makers, including Tompion,  used this style of case.

Price: £22,000.00

Ref: 1298

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William Tomlinson, London - An Early 18th Century Ebonised Longcase Clock

An early 18th century ebonised longcase clock; the twelve-inch square brass dial has a  raised silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals, Arabic five minute outer numerals, diamond half hour markings, and further diamond half quarter hour markings,  and is signed either side of VI o’clock 'Wm Tomlinson, London'. The gilded matted dial centre has ringed winding holes, date aperture and a subsidiary seconds dial with a raised silvered ring, with fine blued steel hands. To the four corners are cast cherub & crown spandrels. The eight-day duration movement, with brass bound weights, strikes the hours on a bell  with an inside countwheel. It is fitted with five finned pillars, the centre one being latched. The ebonised case has a double caddy top to the hood with fretwork to the two friezes and two giltwood ball and spire finials. The ebonised hood pillars have cast brass capitals with a brass escutcheon to the lock. The trunk door has a round lenticle to view the pendulum bob and a decorative cast brass escutcheon in a style much favoured by the top makers of this period; with a plain base standing on applied plinth. Height: 96 inches (244 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

William Tomlinson

William Tomlinson was a fine maker and is first recorded as becoming a Brother of the  Clockmakers Company in 1699 and Master on the 29th of September 1733. He worked at  The Dial & Three Crowns, Birchin Lane, nr Royal Exchange; now in White Hart Court,  Gracechurch St. A Quaker, at some point he retired to Stoke Newington where he died in 1750. Various clocks by Tomlinson are recorded including: A fine ebonised bracket clock made circa 1710: Catalogue of clocks for sale, White, Boniface, Thornbury. Date unknown. A further ebonised bracket clock, with a three train chiming movement, was in the famed  pre-war Wetherfield Collection; see W.E. Hurcomb, The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks,  second edition August 1929, page 32. A watch is known presented to the President of Harvard College, Edward Holyoake, after  which the outer case was made into a drinking cup. A watch signed by Tomlinson, and dated 1719, is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert  Museum, London. A George II mahogany longcase clock, with moonphase: Sotheby's, Bond Street, 2nd  February 1970, lot 213; sold to Pavolini for £210.00. An almost identical case, and most probably from the same workshops, is shown housing a movement by Charles Goode of London in Derek Roberts, British Longcase Clocks, page 34, where it is suggested that other makers, including Tompion, used this style of case.

Price: £22,000.00

Ref: 1298

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