Antique Bracket Clock by Diego (James) Evans – London C1785


A lovely late 18th century mahogany verge bracket clock. Signed to the dial and backplate Diego Evans Londres. A clock clearly made for the Spanish market. 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a single bell. Alarm feature to the dial centre. Together with strike/silent feature to the arch.

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A superb 8 day English twin fusee verge bracket clock. Showing here silvered brass dial signed Diego Evans Bolsa Road Londres.

Also with date aperture engraved ‘diario del mes’ (days of the month). Together with Roman numerals, diamond design pierced brass hands and silvered alarm disc. Subsidiary for Silencio/Tocar (strike/silent) in the arch.

Superb five pillar fusee movement with verge escapement. Pull Repeating movement striking on a bell, also with pull wind alarm on a bell.

Superbly engraved backplate with makers name, mahogany case of rich colour with bell top surmounted by four brass finials.Brass bound door with pierced brass spandrels. Pierced brass side frets and moulded plinth raised on brass bracket feet. Lovely flame mahogany veneers to case.

Diego Evans is the signature of a James Evans of London on clocks for the Spanish market. He is listed as having sold a number of clocks and watches into that market.

He worked at Sweeting’s Alley and Royal Exchange from 1773-1805. Britten clock reference book has the following listed information. James Evans & Son 7 Sweeting’s Alley 1770-1800; Evans, Thomas son of James clockmakers company 1788; James son of Thomas, was admitted in 1811; many timekeepers of good quality bear the names of some of this family. They had a considerable connection in Spain and the Spanish markets; clocks dating from the latter part of the 18th C signed “Diego Evans, London, or “Diego Evans, Bolsa Real, Londres” (James Evans, Royal Exchange, London), are to be met with; Higgs & Evans both of Swithin or Sweetings Alley seem to have been associated in partnership from about 1780 or 1785 although the name of Evans appears independently after that date.

This is a particular fine example of a late 18th century original verge escapement bracket clock. A clock with a wonderful colour and patina to the case.