rare early versed 8-day longcase by John Sanderson of Wigton, housed in a black laquered case with lenticle and dating from around c1710. The 11.5 inch solid dial sheet has the religous verse ' Memento Mori' (Bear Death in Mind) engraved to the polished dial centre and is signed on the chapter ring 'John Sanderson Wigton Fecit. Spandrels to the corners are the twin cherubs with crown. It is quite rare for Sanderson to use spandrels on his early clocks, however I do believe these to be an original feature here as they match the grandness of the case which is quite imposing standing approx. 104 inches tall and clearly bought in for one of his wealthier clients. The 5-ringed and finned pillar movement has rack striking. It is in a very original and working condition, but does need a clean and service. Note the Westmoreland calandar wheel passing over one of the winding holes. This type of calendar is more suitable for 30-hour clocks, but Sanderson also used it on his early 8-day examples!
or a major part of the last century this longcase was ' in store ' and not used (it was kept totally unrestored, with the pine - laquered case being in a very poor state and negleted condition). The clock was then discovered in the North West of England by George Hadfield of Penrith, who had the laquered case restored to its former glory. There have now been several longcase clocks which have come to light by John Sanderson and ' The Wigton School ', which are mysteriously housed in what appears to be their original London style laquered cases. It is believed however, that these laquered cases were ' bought in ' from London originally for the clocks when they were first made, as it is extremely unlikely that anyone was making London-style laquered cases in Cumberland in the early 18th century.
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