George III Bell Top Bracket Clock, Paul Rimbault, London
George III Bracket Clock by Paul Rimbault, London
Finely figured mahogany bell top case with four finials surmounted by a brass hinged carrying handle standing on a stepped, raised plinth and resting on four outswept brass bracket feet. Cast upper quadrant, red silk lined frets to the front door with glazed apertures to the sides to view the movement. Glazed rear door.
Fine eight day double Fusee movement with original verge escapement regulated by a short bob pendulum striking the hours on a top mounted silvered bell and repeating the hours upon demand. Profusely engraved backplate, the holding brackets and apron similarly engraved.
Brass dial with raised silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals and cast gilded spandrels, finely matted dial centre, original pierced ‘blued’ steel hands and aperture for the calendar above the IV. Strike / silent dial to the arch and signed in a beautifully shaped, silvered recessed cartouche Paul Rimbault, London.
‘Watchmakers and clockmakers of the worold’ by Brian Loomes lists Paul Rimbault as working from Denmark Street, Soho from 1770-1785. Both Paul and his brother Stephen (1744-1785) were clockmakers of Huguenot descent and were well known for the quality of their clocks and for their table clocks with Carillon and musical movements.