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Clockmaker/By : Thomas Brown of Chester.
Duration: 8 Day.
Circa : 1780.
Height : 88.25 inches excl finials
Oak and mahogany with mahogany cross banding.
Swan neck pediments to hood with brass turned paterae and finials.
Reeded mahogany columns to hood and quarter reeded columns to sides of trunk.
Long door with wavy top.
Width at widest point 21.25" (hood).
12.5" x 18" painted white dial with rolling moons featuring seascape and landscape scenes and roses and flowers corner spandrels .
Ashwin & Co falseplate.
Matching steel hour / minute / seconds and calendar hands.
Thomas Brown is listed as a clock and watchmaker working in Northgate Street Chester 1766 - 1784 and in Stockport from 1795 - 1801. He is listed in another source as also working in Chester until 1812 which means he was operating in two locations. He was Granted Freedom of Chester in 1766.
An article in the Chester Courant - 20th January 1778:
WANTED Six Journeymen CLOCK-MAKERS who will have constant employment and good wages, by applying to THOMAS BROWN, watch and clockmaker in Chester. NB: Sober, diligent men will meet with encouragement.
An article in the Chester Courant - 11th April 1780:
Notice to Creditors - Whereas THOMAS BROWN of the City of Chester, clock and watchmaker, hath lately assigned over his effects to his brother, Mr William Brown, and Mr John Cooke, of the same city, cabinet maker, in trust for the equal benefit of all his creditors who shall accent their respective proportions of the said effects, in discharge of the debts due to them from the said THOMAS BROWN. Notice is hereby given that such of the creditors as have not already signed the deed, may sign the same at Mr Cross's office in Chester and at the same time deliver in an account of the debts due on them. And all persons indebted to the said Thomas Brown at the time of making the assignment, are desired to pay their debts immediately to the said William Brown or Mr Cooke.
An article in the Chester Courant - 13th June 1780:
To be sold by auction - Mr Thomas Brown at his house in Northgate Street. The stock in trade, consisting of several clocks in mahogany and oak cases, silver and metal watches, with a variety of articles of the above trade.
An article in the Chester Courant - 4th July 1780:
Watch and Clockmaker most respectfully informs his friends and the public that he continues to carry on the above business at his shop in Northgate Street Row in this city where he humbly submits their encouragement and favours which he will endeavour to merit by a strict and faithful attention to their commands and by executing every order with neatness, punctuality and on the most reasonable terms. NB: During the fair will be sold at prime cost a large assortments of clocks, silver and pinchbeck watches, watch glasses ,seals and chains, watch hands, pendants etc.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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