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Skeleton Clock by James Condliff
- This Victorian-era skeleton clock is an extraordinary example of 19th-century British clockmaking
- It was crafted by the famed James Condliff of Liverpool, “The Father of Skeleton Clocks“
- Only a very small handful of Condliff skeleton clocks still exist to this day
- Skeleton clocks like this were considered a clockmaker’s magnum opus
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This brass skeleton clock belongs to Condliff's third series and was retailed by Literalnd, Davies & Co. of Liverpool. The series represents an evolution in design, incorporating intricate and aesthetically pleasing features. The clock includes a going barrel with a great wheel that is commensurate in size with the chapter ring, a tastefully designed scroll frame and a narrow silvered chapter ring. The base, adorned with spherical feet, is consistent with the design elements found in Condliff's earlier series. This clock chimes on the hour and is equipped with a pendulum featuring a recoil escapement.
For further reference, this timepiece is documented in Derek Roberts' British Skeleton Clocks, published by the Antique Collectors' Club in 1987, Figure 3/24.
Clock: 14 3/8" high by 11" wide by 6" deep