JOHN BUSHMAN, London

  JOHN BUSHMAN, London
Description:

A fine and important miniature George I table clock with grande sonnerie striking.  Standing only 10ΒΌ ins high on moulded brass feet, the ebony case has matching escutcheons to the side rails of the door and a brass carrying handle to the bell top.


The break arch brass dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and finely chased crown spandrels to the corners.  In the arch, foliage spandrels flank two subsidiary dials indicating the day of the month and rise and fall regulation The centre is finely matted with an aperture to view the false pendulum.  The front door opens to reveal a strike/silent option in the top right hand corner. 


The three train, grande sonnerie striking movement chimes each quarter on eight bells and the hours on a separate bell.  There is a verge escapement and the backplate is finely engraved with flowers and leaves. 


John Bushman was a very fine maker who worked in London early in the 18th century.  Clocks by him are rare but usually innovative and always special.  Miniature table clocks are much sought after, as are grande sonnerie table clocks, so the combination of the two is extremely rare.


At some time in the 19th century some restoration was carried out to the grande sonnerie train, probably due to the sophistication and complexity of the mechanism.  Fortunately the full train of wheels is in tact.  It would appear that restoration has taken place to the bells.


Clockmaker: JOHN BUSHMAN, London
Circa: 1725
Stock Number: 3066s
Height: 10.25 inches (26 cm.)