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Clockmaker/By : John Baddeley of Birmingham.
Duration: 8 Day.
Circa : 1780.
Height : 91 inches excl finials.
Typical Central England with stylistic features found in the Midlands such as dome inlay top of trunk door and stringing.
Light oak case with mahogany cross banding and inlays to hood, trunk and base panel.
Swan neck pediments with brass paterae and brass finials.
Reeded mahogany columns to hood repeated as quartered to side of trunk all of which capped with Corinthian brass capitals.
Long wavy top trunk door with good medullary rays.
Canted corners to base with shaped apron panel and original ogee feet.
Width at widest point 21.25" (hood)
Early 13" x18" Birmingham white dial with rolling moons featuring Georgian city scenes.
Early gesso spandrels of imitation brass dial style in the transition from brass spandrels to painted dials, before painted dial decoration developed.
Matching steel hour / minute hands and second and date dial hands.
There were a number of clockmakers in Central England with the family name Baddeley, also of John Baddeley, in the 18th century. They were a prolific clock making family in Birmingham (Warwickshire) and Tong, Albrighton, Shifnal, Pattingham (Shropshire).
Warwickshire Makers: The earliest recorded Baddeley maker is Richard in Birmingham who was known to have been working in 1712 as he took William Abbnett as an apprentice in that year, William was working in Birmingham in 1781 at the same time as the John Baddeley who made this clock but relationship if any is not known.
Shropshire Makers: The earliest recorded family maker is John who was baptised at Tong on 20 September 1727. He was the son of George, a blacksmith, and wife Sarah and moved to nearby Albrighton circa 1766. He made the turret clock for Albrighton Church where he was buried on 30 January 1804, aged 76.
George, brother of John above, was also born in Tong in 1730 and was working in Newport (Shropshire) in 1754.He died in 1785.
Thomas was working in Shifnal in 1789 and a Thomas was working in Albrighton in 1795.
Another clockmaker John was working in nearby Pattingham in 1797 and died 1827.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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