GEORGE PRIOR no.1933, London c1795


A rare and fine George III domestic longcase regulator made for the Middle Eastern market.  The mahogany veneered case, standing on a double plinth with a raised panel above and well-figured veneers throughout, has an ogee shaped caddy above with finely pierced brass frets and fluted canted corners.

The substantial eight day centre seconds movement with bottle shaped plates and six tapered baluster pillars was purchased from Thwaites, is numbered on the front plate 1933 and includes Harrison’s maintaining power, high count pinions, six-spoke wheels and a Graham type deadbeat escapement with jewelled pallets.   The wood rod pendulum has a massive brass bob with calibrated rating nut beneath.

The ten inch ogee shaped dial is set within a finely engraved brass mask around the white enamel dial which includes Turkish numerals and pierced brass hours and minute hands and a counterbalance steel centre seconds hand.

George Prior was based at 31 Prescot St, Goldman Fields, London from 1762 to 1813.  He specialised in making clocks for the Ottoman Market and is recorded as having collaborated with John Thwaites on several occasions.

Clockmaker: GEORGE PRIOR no.1933, London
Circa: 1795
Stock Number: 4133
Height: 76.5 inches (194 cm.)