Richard Francis, Attleburgh, a large English Tavern Clock, circa 1810, signed on the dial and stamped on both movement plates Richd Francis ATTLEBURGH.
Large painted English tavern clock with unusual square dial, painted black with gold Roman numerals, and bearing the marking “Tempus Fugit 1844”, and the original painter’s signature “NIARR” below. Very large gold-painted hands, the minute hand with couterweight for proper functioning and minimum power requierement. The large dial frame with molding on the outer, on a simple straight painted case with door and lock for access to the pendulum and weight. Numerous markings of make and painters on the reverse of the dial. Large movement with four turned pillars, recoil anchor escapement and steel suspension with large count pinions for accuracy, gutline holding the original weight for an 8-day autonomy, the pendulum beating the second.
H. 60” (152 cm), W. 38” (96 cm), D. 8” (21 cm)
Richard Francis is recorded as active in Attleburgh (Attleborough), Norfolk, circa 1795 and is known for numerous longcase clocks.
G.H. Baillie, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, Methuen & Co London, 1929; Ronald E. Rose, English Dial Clocks, Antique Collector’s Club, 1978