George II Longcase clock by Robert Grinling, Yarmouth

 

The maker of this elegant longcase clock was Robert Grinling from Great Yarmouth. c.1745

The case is made from the finest English oak and is typical of early provincial casework with a superb long door, integral hood pillars, integral rear quarter pillars both with gilded capitals. Inside the trunk door are the original strap hinges, the door also retaining it’s original escutcheon and working lock.  The proportions of the case are superb giving this clock a truly elegant feel.

The eight day movement is of the highest quality, with five knopped pillars and rack striking on a large bell. The wheelwork is of the finest quality, very few provincial clockmakers outside of London used five pillars in their longcase movements but Robert Grinling was clearly well versed  in London practises.  The quality of this movement justifying his use of the extra pillar.

The arch brass dial is exquisite with fine matted centre, original pierced and blued hands, calendar aperture above the VI and a silvered seconds dial with scalloped edge within the silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals.

A truly elegant early brass dial longcase clock

Robert Grinling is listed in ‘‘Norfolk and Norwich clocks and clockmakers’’ by Clifford and Yvonne Bird as working from c.1740 to 1790. Ipswich marriage licence granted 19th February 1749 between Robert Grinling of Great Yarmouth and Elizabeth Dawson of Herringfleet. A watch paper shows his place of work as Market Place Great Yarmouth.  Died 15th August 1790.

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