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Tavern Clock - Justin Vulliamy c.1795

MAKER: Justin Vulliamy

TOWN:    London

Justin Vulliamy needs no introduction as he is in the pantheon of the great clockmakers. The Tavernicus archive records him as the most prolific maker of tavern clocks and he made the elegant teardrop shape his own.

This clock is numbered 231 on the bottom of the frontplate which dates the clock to c.1795. The A-plated movement is internally counterweighted, as was the norm for the Vulliamy series of teardrops, thereby requiring no counterpoise of the minute hand. It has a 4-wheel train, anchor escapement and a narrow barrel. The lower pillars are drilled and threaded. See pages 92-98 of "The Tavern Clock".

The case is lightly conserved as it has survived in very original condition with the black lacquer and chinoiserie never having been restored. The dial has had earlier work, probably in Victorian times, when the original hands were replaced incorrectly. The dial was in the most need of attention and the numerals were removed and repainted in the correct style. However, the dial ground has wonderful original cracquelure. There is a visible crack in the  lower section of the dial boards: it has not been filled but it is stable.

The chinoiserie has been touched-in here and there but the before and after pictures in the gallery tell the story. Click here to read an article in the Horological Journal about the Vulliamy teardrops and the restoration of this clock.

This is a very rare opportunity to add a great maker and a great clock to your collection





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