WIDENHAM Circa 1840 to 1850
Here is an exceptionally nice English four glass library clock of small size by the highly respected maker Richard Widenham, 15, Lombard Street London
Height: 9 ¼ in (23.5 cm)
Width: 6 ¼ in (16 cm)
Depth: 5 ¼ in (13.5 cm)
Price band D
The four glass case, veneered with richly patinated and highly figured satinwood has four adjustable brass bun feet. The silvered and engraved dial has foliate engraved corners and is signed by the maker below XII, ‘Widenham, 15 Lombard Street, London’. The blued steel Coptic cross hands are extremely attractive and almost certainly original .
The double fusee movement is of good quality, as one would expect from this maker, and has well turned pillars, substantial plates and chain fusees. The anchor escapement is visible through the top bevelled glass. Striking the hours on a polished bell. Due to its small size the pendulum has a rating nut above, rather than below the bob.
*Richard Widenham was a very fine maker and noted particularly for his chronometers winning the Admiralty Premium Trials in 1824. He worked at 6 East Street, Clerkenwell between 1830-35 and afterwards at 15 Lombard Street.
He advertised as ‘Watchmaker to the Hon. Board of Admiralty’
A delightful clock that would look well in almost any setting.