345 Butler Longcase Hood

Ref. No. 345


Maker

Edward Butler of
Tutbury (Staffs.)

Date

circa 1780

Wood

Mahogany

Height

7' 5" (223cm)

Dial Style

Arched, painted with moonphase

Movement

Eight-day

Price: £2,650

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Made in Tutbury, Staffordshire, in about 1790, and in an attractive pale mahogany, this clock's case shows many of features typical of its location and period.

Edward Butler worked at both Burton-on-Trent and Tutbury until 1828.

For example, the "ogee" shape to the trunk door top, the quarter-reeded columns to the trunk, the canted corners to the base and the blocks to the rear of the swan-necks on the hood's top. The painted dial has delicate Roman numerals, cut steel hands and a rotating moonphase disc behind painted globes to the arch.

Another feature sometimes found on Northern clocks such as this one is the pair of birds painted to the dial's centre, while the dial corners have a restrained gilt design. Generally, the earlier the painted dial, the more elegant and simpler the design.

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