This rare English tall case clock is signed “Barber, Newark,” perhaps John Barber, apprentice and successor to well known clockmaker William Barnard in Newark, England, in the mid to late 18th century. The hand painted polychrome metal tombstone dial shows includes a rare automaton Adam & Eve movement, Roman numerals with floral spandrels, calendar aperture and seconds subsidiary dial. The bonnet or hood is decorated with a swan neck broken pediment with gilt carved rosettes, nicely turned columns, and three brass urn form finials. The case is made of oak with flame mahogany veneers and satinwood inlay. Eight day brass movement, pendulum and weights included. Very good restored working condition, with minor imperfections, repairs, and expected wear from age and use. The calendar aperture does not work. Dimensions: 85” h x 19 ½” w x 9 ½” d.
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