A fine mahogany English striking and four tunes musical bracket clock with farriery automaton, ca 1760. Signed on the dial and mouvement 'Boyer Glover, London'*. The three train week going five pillar movement with verge escapement and a beautiful florally engraved backplate The musical train employes twelve hammers and six bells to play one of the four tunes at the hour. The four selectable airs are: -March in Scipio -Lillibularo -Sweet William -An Air The flat topped breakarch dial has a painted scene with automaton depicting a farriery. The dial centre is finely matted and the elaborate blued steel pointers are pierced and facetted. There is a date aperture above 6 o'clock and an attractively shaped aperture with bevelled edges below 12 0'clock behind which is the makers' signature on a silvered plaque. There are rococo spandrels and a raised silvered chapter ring with outer Arabic minute numerals and inner Roman for the hours. The finely proportioned mahogany veneered case with four brass pineapple finials rests on its' original brass bracket feet. All four corners of the case are canted and decorated with caryatids and with floral decoration below. The movement is recently overhauled, the case requires some re-polishing and minor restorations to the veneer. Case and Movement are original and belong together. Height: 49 cm. (excl handle) *Boyer Glover is recorded as working in Leadenhall Street, London from Circa 1739 becoming freeman of the Clockmakers Company in 1746, when he took on William Harris as an apprentice for 7 years, he was warden of the clockmakers company and became Master in 1768 when he died in office.
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