A Large Gilt Brass Congreve Rolling Ball Clock, with a rolling plane, tapering Ionic columns with ball and spire finials.
The fusee movement between architectural plates, and the movement within a glass case with rosewood glazing bars, sitting on a rosewood veneered base.
Born in 1772, William Congreve was the son of a Baronet, to whose title he succeeded in 1814. In 1791 he joined his father at the Royal Laboratory in Greenwich and was to achieve fame as the inventor of the Congreve Rocket. He would later go on to command a rocket company at the battle of Leipzig in 1812. Congreve became a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of Parliament. In 1814 he succeeded his father as Comptroller of the Royal Laboratory, now Sir William Congreve he died in 1828