A rare provincial late 17th century square dial figured walnut and crossbanded longcase clock with 8-day movement striking the hours on a bell via an outside countwheel.
The 11 inch brass dial has a raised brass chapter ring with Roman hour numerals, finely cast winged cherub and leaf corner spandrels, engraved decoration around the inset datework and a central Tudor Rose below XII. There is a subsidiary seconds dial below XII and inset date aperture above VI. The maker’s signature, Jere Spurgin Colchester, is on the chapter ring between VII and V.
The well-proportioned and patinated case has good walnut figuring and sections of beautifully shaped crossbanding with holly stringing. The hood has a carved walnut sound fret and ebonised barley twist columns. The trunk door moulding and the lenticle are also in ebonised pearwood.
* Jeremiah Spurgin is recorded on page 452 of Brian Loomes’s ‘The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain’ as having been born to Quaker parents in 1666. He leased the Castle Inn in Colchester in 1693 and sadly died in 1699. He was succeeded by his wife, Jane, who worked until 1739 when the business was continued by John Smorthwaite; another well-known Colchester maker.
Early provincial walnut longcase clock in such original condition are comparatively rare survivors today.