Richard Peckover, London, Ca. 1715.
A superb Queen Anne spring-driven table clock by Richard Peckover, London. The six-pillar, twin-fusee 8-day movement with verge escapement, striking the hours on a bell, with pull quarter-repeating on a nest of six bells. Strike/Silent lever to the dial. The movement profusely engraved to the rear with a mask flanked by beasts and scrolling foliage.
The seven inch break-arch dial with a calendar to the arch, false bob aperture edged with wheatear engraving and ringed winding holes. Mask and scroll spandrels to the corners and scrolling spandrels with ‘hidden’ masks to the arch. The silvered chapter ring engraved with fleur-de-lys half-hour, and lozenge half-quarter markers. Signed by the maker Rich. Peckover London upon a silvered cartouche.
The fine ebonised dome-top case with repousse brass mounts and cast brass frets. Finely cast brass carrying handle to the top and standing upon gilt-brass bun feet.
Height: 18 inches, 46cm
Richard Peckover is recorded in Brian Loomes’ Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World as working circa 1700-54. In 1735 he was working in Change Alley, moving to Royal Exchange prior to 1751. Loomes further notes that Peckover probably acquired the business of Quare and Horseman in 1733.