6ft dome top mercurial regulator. Glazed sides, mirrored back (1860 England)

6ft dome top mercurial regulator. Glazed sides, mirrored back
Title 6ft dome top mercurial regulator. Glazed sides, mirrored back
Country of Origin England
Dated 1860
Medium Mahogany
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Joseph Penlington, Liverpool
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 183.00cm high (72.05 inches high)
Status SOLD

Derek Roberts. English Precision Pendulum Clocks.Pages 247-250

Description / Expertise

D319. Joseph Penlington, Liverpool, circa 1860. This small Victorian regulator, of particularly fine quality, stands just 6 ft tall and has nearly all the best features which make some of these regulators so attractive. The sides are glazed, there is a mirrored back and it has a well executed fret below the dial.

The finely figured case, of a good rich colour and patination, has a panelled base. The movement is a very substantial one with five heavy screwed pillars. A dead beat escapement is provided and also maintaining power. The steel rodded mercury compensated pendulum is a particularly attractive feature with the upper section and the top cover being finely engraved.

The dial is ideally laid out for a regulator with centre sweep minute hand and the seconds and hour rings taken to the maximum possible size. Engraved around the top border of the dial is:- “This regulator shows correct Greenwich Time.” possibly put on there because of the families association with ships chronometer making. A large beat-plate has been provided and the pulley has six crossings.

Joseph Penlington is recorded in “Chronometer Makers of the World” by Vaudrey Mercer as
working in Castle Street, Liverpool from 1820-1863. Other addresses he had in Liverpool were 67 Church Street 1839 and when he went into partnership Hatton. By 1880 he is recorded at 1 Dulcie St Manchester . He was described as a watch and chronometer maker.

Height 6' 0". (183cms.) £15,000

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