Signed "W. Schofield" English Act Of Parliament, aka Tavern Clock with ALARM !!! Vibrant Mahogany Case with Book Matched Veneered Gothic Door Circa 1815 to 1832 !!! Original Metal Painted White Dial. Gothic design was new in England 50 years prior to popularity in America circa 1870's. (Oak dial surround with Pine secondary woods) Tavern Keepers had to Pay a Monthly Fee to the Government Inspectors who Legally Tested the Clocks for Accuracy.
The All Hand Made 8 Day Brass Movement is Equal to, if not Better than the usual Tall Case Movement. Weight on Right runs the Time, and the Left Weight Powers the Loud Alarm Bell, which Signals the End of Business in the Tavern. Alarm Cycles for about a minute, and can be set One Time inside a 24 Hour Period via the small Silvered Roman Numeral Alarm Chapter Ring just behind the Hour Hand. Simply set by turning the Alarm Chapter Ring Hour to line up with the "Arrow on the Tail of the Hour Hand".
Book Ref. : There were Only Two "William Schofield" Clock Makers listed as working in England after 1800, according to Britten's "Old Clocks & Watches and Their Makers" Book, (seventh edition,page 469) as follows ; Wm. Schofield 35 Cheney Walk,Chelsea. 1815 to 1825 William Schofield 2 Clerkenwell, Close. 1830 to 1832.
Measurements : Overall Length is 51 inches, Width at Dial Hood is 17 inches with a Depth of 9 inches.
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