clock which has been found in an untouched condition and has not seen the light of day for many years. This article is about one such exceedingly rare example that is fully described and illustrated below.
he clock which came to light in March 2020 is a 30-hour wall clock by John Sanderson of Wigton and dates from around c1720. The stunning eleven-inch square brass dial is beautifully engraved with an All-Over tulip flowers theme and a religious verse.
ll four corners of the dial are each profusely engraved with multiple tulip flowers along with a leafy design. At the top of the dial centre there is another tulip flower which is attached to a swirly decoration that is ringed around the outside of dial centre. Just under the flower there is an interesting early mouth calendar and below this Sanderson’s famous religious verse reads: - ‘Remember Man that Dye thou must, And after that to Judgement just’. The applied chapter ring has large fleur-de-lis half hour markers and is signed at the bottom John Sanderson without place name (possibly because Sanderson sold the clock at a market outside of Wigton).
he brass and iron birdcage movement with lantern - type turned brass pillars has many typical features of John Sanderson’s early work including the large and distinctive pyramid shaped back-cock and just like the dial is in a superb, complete and original condition throughout including retaining its original wheel- work and brass collets.
think this clock shows us here that John Sanderson was not just about spreading the word of god. By engraving the beautiful All-Over tulip flowers theme to his religious versed dial, Sanderson is giving us an insight into perhaps a more artistic side to his character.
or me as a collector I find this clock very desirable in being a genuine ‘sleeper’. But the question I had to ask myself was - Should I be the one who wakes up sleeping beauty? And the answer for me was - No Let her sleep!
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