Mahogany Rocking Ship Longcase Clock
Mahogany Longcase Clock with Rocking Ship.
Fine flame mahogany case standing on bracket feet with raised applied moulding, bow fronted trunk door flanked by supporting pillars. Swan neck pediment with turned pillars either side of the hood door.
Painted dial signed William Harvey, Stirling with beautifully decorated shell corners, original brass thistle hands, subsidiary dials for days of the month and seconds and a rocking ship (tea clipper) to the arch on a seascape.
Eight day movement with original weights and pendulum striking the hours on a large gong mounted upon the backboard of the case. C.1815
A Very Fine Scottish Longcase Clock
‘clockmakers and watchmakers of Scotland’ by Donald Wythe (page 139) lists William Harvey as born about 1807 son of George Harvey and Elizabeth Jaffray. Admitted as a freeman of the Incorporation of Hammermen on 31st July 1834, his essay being pinwheel and pinion. An essay master in 1836, and admitted as a burgess of Stirling on 6th November 1838. Continued the business at Baker Street after his fathers death in 1835. In 1836 his shop was robbed and much stock taken. Moved to King Street in 1839. Admitted as a Guildbrother of Stirling on 19th September 1846 and keeper of the Tolbooth clock in 1835-73.Made improvements to clock movements. In 1878 he took as a partner his former journeyman William Hunter. His son William Jr, apprenticed to his father in 1871,also became a partner in the firm, now Harvey and Hunter. In 1881 he employed one man and three boys. William Sr first married on 20th June 1841, Margaret, daughter of Thomas Stark, farmer at Cemelon. She died on the 8th November 1848, he then married Euphemia Blackadder (died 19th May 1917). Children: George, died in infancy, 1842; Jane, 1844-9; Thomas Stark, 1844-70; William Jr, 1857-1902; Agatha, born about 1859; and Ellen, born about 1866. William Sr died on 20 April 1883, and was buried at St Ninians.