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Litchfield Cathedral Skeleton Clock by Evans of Handsworth
- With this clock, Evans of Handsworth expertly captures the essence of the Litchfield Cathedral
- It features a two-train chain fuseé movement that powers an eight-day movement
- The pierced and engraved silver dial displays Roman numerals
- The clock sits gracefully atop its original rosewood base
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The Birmingham firm of William F. Evans of Handsworth was one of the most respected makers of skeleton clocks of the 19th century. The golden age of their manufacture occurred between the 1860s through the 1880s, and the firm was renowned for the stellar quality, grand size and superior materials utilized in the creation of their clocks. Of the many cathedrals they produced, the Litchfield Cathedral skeleton clock has earned a prominent status in today's market, being highly sought-after and coveted by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Skeleton clocks stand out as exceptional and captivating timepieces, meticulously crafted to reveal the inner workings of the mechanism in all their glory. Originating as early as the mid-16th Century as drum clocks, these intricately designed clocks are a testament to the finest craftsmanship of their time. The French played a significant role in popularizing skeleton clocks around 1750, introducing remarkable spring-driven antique mantle clocks. As time progressed, the English became enamored with these timepieces around 1820, particularly in London, Liverpool and Birmingham, where the production of extraordinary skeleton clocks flourished.
A similar Litchfield Cathedral skeleton clock is featured in Skeleton Clocks, Britain 1800-1914 by Derek Roberts, pages 70-71.
18 1/2" high x 13" wide x 7" deep