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Longcase clock: M.6-1976

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)


Clockmaker: Knibb, Joseph




Long case clock, veneered walnut case, three train movement.

Dial: gilt dial plate,10½ in square with engraved border, matted centre and cherub spandrels. Silvered skeleton chapter ring with the minutes numbered individually. Day of month shown through square opening just below XII. No dial for seconds. Faceted blued steel hands of the third type of Lee's classification. Signed at the base of the dial: Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit. Movement: Month duration movement with three five-wheel trains for going, quarter striking on one bell, and hour striking. Front plate divided into three sections for ease of assembly. Pendulum adjustment with butterfly nut above suspension cock and octagonal nut below bob for coarse regulation. Separate cock for pallet arbor. The movement was not provided with maintaining power. The hour count wheel stepped on by a gathering pallet. Back plate stamped bottom centre '670'.
Case: Oak carcase veneered with walnut with shaped panels to the door and plinth, formed with walnut crossbanding outlined with box or holly stringing. The rising hood has been cut for a door and later restored to its original form. Plain columns with gilt-brass Doric capitals and bases. Sound frets in front and sides of frieze, and in side windows, cut as flower scrolls from thick walnut veneer, all backed with old green silk. Block mounted on underside of top apparently to support a low dome or caddy. Original iron hinges to trunk door. Original bun feet replaced by skirting, now removed, and gilt metal bun feet provided.


History note: James Oakes, Duke Street, St James's, London from whom purchased by L.P. Sedgwick

Legal notes

Bequeathed by L.P. Sedgwick in memory of Carl Winter

Measurements and weight

Height: 197.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1976) by Sedgwick, Leslie Pope


17th Century, Late
Charles II
Production date: circa AD 1682

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Case composed of oak walnut

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit
  • Location: At base of dial
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1976
Primary reference Number: 138540
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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