Unit 2, 24 Cheap Street, Sherborne
Dorset DT9 3PX
This oak longcase, standing 7'3" tall, is probably by W. Robertson noted in Smith's "Scottish Clockmakers" as being apprenticed to Archibald Straiton in 1749. William's father, Colin, was a barber and wigmaker!
The well figured case with long trunk door, is surmounted by floral frets in the swan-necks, terminating in carved and gilded flower heads, and with a gilded flambeau finial.
The 4 pillar, 8-day movement, has a 12" break-arch brass dial with a well matted centre with engraved swags and flowers, and a recessed silvered seconds dial in an 8-sided, curved, star-shaped cutout. The maker's name is engraved on an extravagant, silvered and recessed, fan shaped cartouche in the arch.
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