English oval strut clock. C.1858. Made by Thomas Cole*. The Movement with balance wheel and anchor escapement, autonomy one week.
The profusely engraved silvered brass dial with roman numerals and blued steel hands, the hour hand of fleur de lys pattern.
The maker Thomas Cole was born in Somerset in 1800, the son of a clockmaker. Cole moved to London in the early 1820’s but was not working independently until about 1838. By 1845 Cole was calling himself a ‘designer and maker of ornamental clocks’ and exhibited as such at the Great Exhibition of 1851. He is justly famous for high quality clocks of individual design always with fine engraving. Thomas Cole died of typhoid fever on 3rd January 1864.
*Neither the movement nor the case is stamped ‘Thomas Cole’ but the design, the engraving and the serial number all indicate that this timepiece can be attributed to him with confidence.
Literature: J.B. Hawkins, Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking. Sydney 1975.
Engels ovale strut clock. Circa 1860. Ongesigneerd, maar gemaakt door Thomas Cole. Nummering aan de achterzijde: links het serienummer 1533 en rechts het type nummer 39. Uurwerk: gaandwerk ankergang balans / spiraal / regulage loopduur weekuurwerk Wijzerplaat: messing , gegraveerd, ingezwart en verzilverd. Kast: gegoten messing, gegraveerd en verguld.
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