3146 Towson Plymouth Dock. c.1810

Towson Plymouth Dock. c.1810

An elegant Georgian eight day longcase clock, the arched silvered brass dial signed ‘Towson, Plymo. Dock’, with recessed seconds chapter and small date aperture, with engraved floral corner spandrels, and a depiction of Neptune complete with trident in the arch. The mahogany case is of particularly good colour. and has boxwood stringing, and rope twist quarter columns to the trunk and hood door.  Height - 7”6”

Stock No. 3146
Price: £4,800

John Gay Towson is recorded working in Plymouth Dock - now known as Devonprt - from 1795 until he was succeeded by his son - also John - in 1850. He made watches and chronometers and died in 1857.

This clock has a very distinct nautical flavour, what with the engraving of Neptune in the arch, and the rope twist columns reminiscent of the ropes on board ship. It may have been made to the order of a retired sea captain.