A very well made oak and mahogany crossbanded longcase clock by Archibald Coates of Wigan c1775
Archibald Coates of Wigan is recorded – ” Archibald Coates, was a prolific clockmaker working in Wigan, Lancashire, from 1759 or a little earlier, until his death there in 1797.” Also recorded ” Clock and watchmaker of repute” – “two watches and clock by him in Wigan museum.”
The figured oak and mahogany case is very heavy compared with contemporary cases and demonstrates the quality of this clock. The hood featuring fretwork panel, well carked swan neck and finely cut mahogany spindles. The trunk having no splits, dents or scrapes.
The cast brass dial featuring scrollwork spandrels and well silvered chapter ring has two “mock” winding holes to the centre and two “Mock” winding squares within. It was a feature asked for when you could not quite stretch to buying an eight day clock but wanted to “keep up with the Jones” and have a clock that looked the part.
The 30 hour movement is very well made and demonstrates the quality of the maker, The “mock” winding squares being firmly integrated within the movement plates. The clock has been fully overhauled by me personally and comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind.
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