Unit 2, 24 Cheap Street, Sherborne
Dorset DT9 3PX
Jonas Barber is regarded as Cumbria's best known clock maker. This clock, with its well figured oak case, stands 7'1½” tall, has a hood with a "broken architectural top" with eagle and ball finial, and columns with gilded capitals. The 12" square painted dial is signed "J Barber" at 12 o'clock, and has cornflowers, roses and strawberries hand painted in the dial centre and corners, and has a circular date aperture just above 6 o'clock. The hands are of lacquered brass, and are typical of Barber.
The chain driven 30-hour movement is partly latched and has a lever provided to manually advance the countwheel strike. The datewheel, unusually, is crossed out and the serial number 1207 is engraved on the front plate by the two latched pillars. The book on Jonas Barber, by Cave B. Cave, gives 1783 as the likely year in which this superb cottage clock was made.
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