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Clock of the week – 19th Century Balloon Clock By Thwaites And Reed

A very impressive mid to late 19th century Balloon clock by the eminent clockmaker Thwaites and Reed. 
The proportions of this clock are just right for a clock of this size being exactly 70cm high (27.5″). The mahogany case is very well made with its flame panel to the front and boxwood inlay to the dial surround. Due the size and age of this clock there is some cracking to the top curve as is always the case with balloon clock of this type.
The 12″ well made cast brass dial is made of three pieces, being a lovely matted centre piece, a rear dial ring and a very good chapter ring with quarter markers and waxed numerals.
The double fusee movement is simply impressive! it is 23cm square (9″) and the plates at least a quarter of an inch thick. The fusee runs on a beautifully engineered chain and I have personally restored this movement to a very high standard so that I can give it a full three years guarantee. 
The movement is stamped T&R for THWAITES AND REED and the serial number is 15503.
This clock was a complete one off and as well as being a small fortune to have manufactured it was certainly made specifically for a large house. Indeed, I acquired the clock from a very impressive Victorian house in Whitchurch and it really did look amazing on a table in the reception hallway.

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on a Tuesday again

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Or Tuesday in this case…