This is a lovely early mahogany longcase clock which is in superb condition and has a lovely bird cage movement. The clock is in perfect working order having recently been cleaned and serviced. This clock is absolutely perfect for anyone looking for a clock to place straight into their home.
If we start with the hood, this has a flat top and is finished with a shaped molded cornice. Pretty turned columns which terminate in brass capitals flank the hood door. To the rear are quarter turned columns which again terminate in brass capitals.
If we then move down to the trunk it has a lovely full length door which has some wonderful mahogany grain. The door is also complete with it's lock and key which is fully working. Finally the base is raised on a plinth base.
The dial with makers name of 'Kemp, Lewes', has the four corners adorned with wonderful cottages and the centre has a superb painting of a bird and a lovely gilded flower below the date aperture. The dial is set out with Arabic Numerals with small Arabic Numerals above the quarter hours. There is date aperture nicely edged in gold leaf. The dial also has the most wonderful fretted fingers.
The movement is 30 Hour duration and is lovely early bird cage movement. The movement is in perfect working order and is lovely and clean as can be seen from the photographs.
There is one 'Kemp, Lewes' listed in 'The Clockmakers of Sussex by E.J. Tyler'. There is a list of notes regarding this maker the key points of which are:
'Kemp, William; Lewes: baptised 1722; buried 1798'. Bull Lane 1790'. It is also worth note that Richard Comber, a renowned Lewes clockmaker was apprenticed to William Kemp from 1754 to 1762 and William Kemp was in partnership with John Holman from 1787 until the dissolution of the partnership in 1795'.
The approximate dimensions are:
- 74 inches high
- 19.25 inches across the widest part of the hood
- 13.25 inches across the trunk
- 17.5 inches across the base
The clock is in wonderful condition. The movement is lovely and clean and in perfect working order having been cleaned and serviced.