Probably the finest Barwise of Cockermouth longcase clock I have ever had the pleasure of seeing or owning. This sublime example has a good quality 8 day movement.
The delightful arched brass dial with 'cherub head' spandrels and chapter ring with engraved divisions to the inner ring for the rare centre date feature. The dial centre superbly engraved and finely matted with ringed winding holes and the makers name engraved to a silvered cartouche to the centre.Subsidiary seconds feature and centre date hand also to dial centre.Finely painted moon feature to the arch, with age of moon indicator.
The amazing quality flame veneered mahogany cabinet with swan neck pediments to the hood surmounted with lovely wooden paterae and dentil cornice below.Very typical of the Cumberland area jut out moulding under the swan neck pediments to either side. Fine reeded hood columns. Long matched flame cross-banded trunk door with shaped top. Quarter reeded columns to the side of case and further dentil cornice work to the top of the moulding under the hood. Shaped cross-banded panel to the base and the base with chamfered sides. The overall clock standing on 'OG' feet.
Clock-making in Cockermouth was dominated by just a few families. It is a fact that just four makers made well over 90% of the clocks in the town. The Gandys, Thompsons, but above all the Barwise, Mitchell and Metcalf family.These clock-makers produced clocks of distinction.
Lot Barwise was born in 1726 and he left home for Cockermouth in 1750.His son John who eventually left to setup the famous Barwise of London connection was born in 1755.He eventually went to London was married there in 1790. He found a premises in St.Martin's Lane. John Barwise took his sons into partnership from 1819 to 1823 setting up Barwise and Sons. Clearly Lot trained John up in the trade of clockmaking. The exquisite workmanship is shown on this clock, and it is made when his son John would of been watching and learning from Lot directly.The clock is signed just Barwise, even probably at a young age I imagine John may have helped to some degree.A wonderful collector's clock in superb restored condition.