364 Adamson Longcase Hood

364 Adamson Longcase Detail

364 Adamson Longcase Detail

364 Adamson Longcase Trunk

Ref. No. 364


John Adamson of London


circa 1685


Walnut and marquetry


6' 3" (188cm)

Dial Style

Brass, 10" square


One month


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A petite and wonderful longcase from the late part of the 17th century

The clock has the rare and desirable combination of a marquetry case, a small (10") dial and month-going movement. The Marquetry itself is of the type known as "bird and flower" and is arranged in panels, two large and two small on the trunk door and a larger one on the base panel. The case throat is, of course, convex, and the trunk door shows the correct signs of differential shrinkage that clocks of this design and period should have. It retains its original rising hood, and although it had at one time had the side lugs removed so that the hood could be removed forwards, very luckily the hood front had never had the opening door conversion, and it has been restored very easily to its original rising design. The clock has the benefit of its original hands and wheels, also having its period large brass-cased weights. The superb-quality movement has six latched pillars and very delicate wheelwork. A comprehensive list of the work done to bring this splendid clock to its current state is available on request.

John Adamson had a short working life, possibly only 7 years. He was in the Clockmakers' Company in 1686. According to Loomes, he had certainly died by 1698, and probably by 1693. There is some confusion with Humfrey Adamson: some clocks are only signed with the surname. The Clockmakers' Company's records are short on references to him although his work is of top quality.

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