VULLIAMY no. 873, London, 1826

  VULLIAMY no. 873, London, 1826

A rare and early regency English carriage clock in a red sanderswood case with a slide off chamfered top.   Standing 7 ½ inches high on block feet, the case is glazed to all four sides and the top slides to reveal a glazed panel to view the compensated platform lever escapement. 

The twin fusée chain driven movement signed by Holmden includes maintaining power and hour strike sounded on a gong.  There is also an alarm which is sounded on a bell.

The arched brass dial has roman numerals with finely pierced heart pointers and a separate brass pointer for alarm.  The area beneath the chapter ring is deeply engraved in a scroll design. Both the dial and the back plate are signed and the serial number 873 is included on the back plate.

This is one of the first, if not the first, carriage clocks to be documented by Vulliamy.  It is recorded as being made in 1826 for Lord Yarborough

Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy was born in 1780; he was Free of Clockmakers Company in 1809 and was recognised as one of the most eminent makers of the period.  He was given the Royal Warrant and, as clockmaker to the King, made many fine clocks for George IV.  Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, amongst many royal houses, include a great number of Vulliamy’s clocks.  He was also patronised by the aristocracy. 

Clockmaker: VULLIAMY no. 873, London
Circa: 1826
Stock Number: 4102
Height: 7.5 inches (19 cm.)