Musical table clock by Thwaites for Barraud

Made:
1767 in London
maker:
Barraud family
and
Ainsworth Thwaites

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Spring driven, musical table clock signed by Barraud, London and China c.1767. Ebonised and veneered wooden case with arched top and gilt-brass mounts. Engraved brass dial plate with applied circular white enamel dial. Gold hands. Fusee movement with verge escapement and balance wheel, which is mounted on the backplate. The clock plays four tunes on seven bells with nine hammers (two of the hammers are duplicated for repeated notes). It also strikes the hour on a large bell. Engraved backplate, signed ‘Barraud, London’ also engraved with Chinese characters. The movement is also stamped 'Thwaites 340'.

The stamp 'Thwaites 340' found on the clock's movement, indicates that it was made for Barraud by the clockmaking firm Thwaites. Their workbooks are held in the archive of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, and show that such a movement was made by them in 1767. Research carried out by Cedric Jagger for his book 'Paul Philip Barraud' shows that the clock belonged to a German living in Beijing in 1953. The case and dial are likely to have been made in China.Bequeathed by Miss E. M. Barraud to the museum of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1972. Clockmakers' Museum No. 592

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3473
Measurements:
overall: 270 mm x 160 mm x 130 mm,
type:
verge movement
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers