Stock No. C1087
A fine mahogany longcase regulator
by John Thwaites,London c1800
- The mahogany case has canted reeded corners to the hood with a circular moulding to the sides.
- The case trunk has a full-length door with shallow arch, over a base with applied moulding, all standing on a double plinth with pad feet.
- Case height 6’ 4¼”.
- The 10-inch wide silvered dial is engraved Regulator, and the movement front plate is engraved I Thwaites on both sides and 2460 low down on the front of the plate. The serial number 2460 dates this clock to circa 1800.
- The silvered dial, with a shallow arch typical of the late 18th century, has the usual astronomical layout and shows the hours through an aperture.
- The regulator movement has 6 pillars, wheels with 6 spokes, jewelled pallets and maintaining power.
- The pendulum has a gilt-painted wooden rod with a large brass covered lead bob weighing 7.4 kg. Beat adjustment is provided at the top of the pendulum.
The Thwaites business was founded by Aynsworth Thwaites in about 1760 and traded as Aynsworth & John Thwaites when father and son were in partnership.
John Thwaites traded under his own name from circa 1780 until 1817 when he took his wife’s nephew, George Jeremiah Reed, into partnership. The Thwaites and Reed business continued into the late 20th century.