23rd January 2020
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A late 17th century ebonized bracket clock, the eight day twin fusee movement with verge escapement striking on a single bell, the pull quarter repeat missing, the backplate with finely engraved foliate decoration and signed 'John Cotton London', applied with later pierced and engraved backcock, the square brass dial with engraved matt centre, mock pendulum and date apertures, framed by a silvered chapter ring with black Roman hour numerals and outer Arabic minutes, inscribed 'Cotton London', cornered with cherub spandrels, the rectangular case with cushion moulded top, brass swing handle and four finials, above glazed doors and sides, on a stepped rectangular plinth base and claw and ball bun feet, height 37.5cm, with a winding key (pull quarter repeat train missing, reconverted to verge escapement and other minor faults). Note: John Cotton is recorded as a London clockmaker, apprenticed in 1683 and made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1695 to 1697.
Hammer price: £5,000
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