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Clockmaker/By : Edward Bell of Uttoxeter.
Duration: 8 Day.
Circa : 1815.
Height : 88"
Extensively inlaid Mahogany veneered case with swan neck pediments with brass paterae.
Reeded pillars to hood with Corinthian brass capitals, bone door pulley.
Inlays include shells, herringbone, Britannia in satinwood / hare wood, birds perched above branches and flowering urns.
Short door with reeded sides to trunk and bone lock escutcheon.
Canted corners to base and ogee bracket feet. Width at widest point 23" (hood).
14" x 20" white painted dial with portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in the arch commemorating his famous victory at Waterloo on 18th June 1815.
Brass hour / minute hands.
Aperture calendar mouth.
Walker & Hughes of Birmingham falseplate.
Edward Bell was born in 1774, the son of clockmaker Benjamin Bell (I) of Uttoxeter. He worked at premises in High St, Uttoxeter from c1793-1834. He also traded in Ashbourne, Derbys, in 1823-35 and traded as Edward Bell & Sons in 1833-40. In 1805 he ordered a 'good clock engine… that will cut wheels for church clocks as well as small' from Peter Stubbs of Warrington and also a watch fusee engine. He was 'watchmaker, movement maker, silversmith, seals cut, arms engraved, working jeweller and lapidary'. He died1840 and had taken apprentices in addition to his sons: Arthur Cope 1796, William Banks 1800 ,Solomon Banks 1803 and Edward Garland 1803 and Thomas Ward 1803.
Three of his sons were also clockmakers:
John born1805, at Uttoxeter c1825-28 and Ashbourne 1828-55. Died 1875.
Benjamin born 1806 at Uttoxeter c1842-63 and continued the family business. Died 1876.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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