he wonderfully primitive and interesting 30-hour religious wall clock illustrated here was made from around c1700 by John Sanderson of Wigton. The clock survives today in a ' as found ' and unrestored 'sleepy' condition. The wafer thin solid brass dial, made without spandrels to the corners has a busy dial centre - having a square date calendar, a rare penny moon feature and a deeply engraved religious verse which has been engraved around the moon - so that the moon sits in between the verse. The chapter ring is very interesting and has a massive original crack/casting fault showing at 8-oclock. Intersestingly Sanderson has attached seven of the trident half-hour markers (correct for period), but he has forgotton or just not bothered to attach the other five. It has a heavily built brass and iron lantern movement (with original non-matching brass turned pillars), and has been made with many crude casting faults and all of the above features are just typical examples here of how primitive and rustic this clock is by Sanderson - possibly a 'rushed' job and done to keep the cost down for one of his less wealthier customers I suspect! Note the later 'crudely made' replaced rear lantern foot which was probably done by a previus owner of the clock a very long time ago as the DIY repair itself is clearly ancient. However, for me this is very interesting to see because ts all now part of the clocks charm and character and adds to the clocks own history and mystery with many untold stories to tell - I am sure!
his clock was probablly sold originally at a market by Sanderson with the new owner having the option to either just sit the clock on a simple wall bracket or they could have the much more costly option of having a case made for it at a later date (sometimes straight away but mostly much later). However the clock shown here is one of only a few examples - which I have seen - that I think has probably escaped being cased and has just been kept as a wall clock throughout its long life.
t is amazing that this clock has survived for so long - through the passage of time and without being chucked away. But we can only gain and learn from such facinating and rare examples that keep coming to light!
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ohn Sanderson single handed clock wanted.