St. James Palace Skeleton Clock by Evans of Handsworth

  • This stunning bronze skeleton clock was made by Evans of Handsworth
  • Its design is modeled after St. James Palace in London
  • The clock operates on a two train fusée movement and is highly accurate
  • Timepieces by the celebrated Evans of Handsworth are particularly prized
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Item No. 31-1448

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Depicting St. James Palace in London, this remarkable two-train fusée architectural skeleton clock is a wonderful specimen of 19th-century English clockmaking. Crafted by the preeminent firm of Evans of Handsworth, Birmingham, this rare architectural model emerged around the golden anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. The highly complex timepiece boasts a brass triple-layer frame, a characteristic found only in the most attractive and important Evans timepieces. Not only is this clock visually stunning, but it is also a mechanical triumph with its chain-driven fusée movement fronted by a porcelain face. Set upon its original rosewood marquetry base beneath a custom glass dome, this magnificent timepiece is among the finest examples of its kind.

The Birmingham firm of William F. Evans of Handsworth was one of the most respected makers of skeleton clocks. The golden age of their manufacture occurred during the second half of the 19th century, particularly from the 1860s through the 1880s. The firm was renowned for its stellar quality, grand size and superior materials utilized in the creation of its clocks. 

Skeleton clocks are among the most exceptional and intriguing timepieces ever made and are some of the earliest clocks, with some dating from the mid-16th century as drum clocks. Popularized around 1750 by the French, these timekeepers became the favorite of the English in the 19th century, when all the main centers of clock production — London, Liverpool and Birmingham — began to make the most exceptional examples.

Circa 1885

11 1/2" wide x 8" deep x 22 1/2" high
St. James Palace Skeleton Clock by Evans of Handsworth
Maker: Evans of Handsworth
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Skeleton Clocks
Depth: 8.0 Inches
Width: 11.5 Inches
Height: 22.5 Inches
St. James Palace Skeleton Clock by Evans of Handsworth
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