he 30-hour longcase illustrated here is a very rare example by Henry Sheppard of Wigton. It is typical 'Wigton School ' and has the religious verse :- 'Remember man Dye thou must And after that to judgement Just '. It has a heavily built brass lantern type movement which is in a superb and original and complete condition. It is a genuine 'sleeper', meaning that it has not been touched for many years.The clock may have originally been made - and sold at a market by Henry Sheppard between about c1705-1710 and would have just sat on a simple wall bracket or shelf to show off the brass lantern type movement. It was probably housed in this green laquered case between c1730 - 1745 when at the same time - the spandrels may have been added, since in my opinion - I doubt if the clock was originally made with spandrels. The interesting laquered case, which retains much of its original laquer work, stands approx. 7foot 4 inches tall to the top of it's original caddy. Early surviving clocks by Henry Sheppard of Wigton, with religious verses on their dials are very rare indeed. The only other example that I am currently aware of, is one mentioned by John Penfold in his book entitled Clockmakers of Cumberland which was published in 1977. However it is thought that the example here, may be the same clock that Penfold mentions?Not much is known of Henry Sheppard of Wigton.No Henry Sheppard (or other spelling) occurs in the Wigton registers. But there was a Henry Sheppard who married at St. Bees (Cumbria) in 1708 to Mabel Grayson. This may or may not be the clockmaker.
y thank's go out to Mr Harry Radcliffe, who made it possible for me to aquire aquire this clock. It was Harry who first discovered this clock many years ago and who, fortunately, decided to leave it in an unrestored condition.
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