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Antique Longcase Clock made by Richard FRANCIS of Attleburgh, Norfolk ~ circa 1790.

Richard Francis, born 1749, is a well documented clock maker from Attleborough / Attleburgh in Norfolk. An example of his work is in the Brideswell Museum. He took as apprentices, John Gudgeon in 1776 for 7 years for a fee of 20, James Woods 1783 for 7 years & 10, and Joseph Warren in 1806 for 7 years for a fee of 40. He became a freeholder in 1791 & was buried in Attleborough churchyard in 1819 aged 70. His eldest son, Francis 1782-1830 continued the business on his fathers death. Another son, Richard, also worked as a clockmaker & postmaster in Wymondham from 1828-47.

A charming period one painted dial has Roman numerals for the hours & Arabic minutes, a subsidiary seconds dial above twin winding holes & semi circular date aperture below. Original non matching steel hands. The arch decorated with gilt scroll work centred by a floral spray. The spandrels of typical Wilson design with gilt dot and dash borders encompassing vermilion roses & cherries.

The 8 day plated movement with four turned & knopped pillars is rack striking & sounds the hours on a bell.
Oak case work of nice grain & good colour has the typical features one would expect from the Norfolk area. The single dimension "whale tail" crest to the arched hood with distinctive carved lozenge decoration below, corresponding arch topped trunk door, simple mouldings uniting trunk to base & the shorter than wide base with east/west timbers, are all typical regional characteristics. Standing 7' tall on a swept plinth with bracket feet.

Altogether a graceful Georgian longcase clock surviving in lovely condition with made in Norfolk stamped all over it!

Local delivery, setting up and 12 months guarantee on the clock movement is included in the price of 5650.

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