William Webster, Exchange Alley, London. c.1730.

An impressive George I period ebony veneered Dutch striking bracket clock with rare moonphase dial by this noted maker.

The 8 inch arched dial with wheatear engraved border has an applied silvered chapter ring, corner spandrels , matted centre with name and date apertures and a painted dial showing the phases of the moon. The chapter ring is engraved with fleur-de-lys half hour markers, inside quarters with Arabic minute and Roman numeral hour indicators.

The oak case is veneered in ebony with inverted bell top fitted with a knopped brass carrying handle, silk lined pierced sound frets to the sides and top of both front and rear doors and glazed side panels, all supported on block feet.

The substantial fusee six pillar latched movement runs for eight days with a verge escapement and strikes the hour on the large bell and the coming hour on the small bell (known as Dutch striking) with repeat feature. The back plate is elaborately engraved with scrolling foliage within a wheatear border and engraved with the maker's name 'William Webster, Exchange Alley, London'.

William Webster was apprenticed to Thomas Tompion and then worked in Tompion's workshop as a Journeyman until Tompion's death, Webster then set up on his own in Exchange Alley where he founded a clockmaking dynasty that carried on for almost 200 years.

Height excluding handle 17"(Inc. 18.5"), Width 12", Depth 7".

For information on the Webster family of clockmakers please click here.