When the word "marriage" is mentioned in the context of a long case clock it usually refers to the movement and dial not belonging to the case and sadly many clocks fit into this category.
Happily,in this instance, this clock is not a marriage but the clock has been made to celebrate the marriage if John and Ellen Dixon and this is engraved in the top centre of the dial with the maker John Shaw at the bottom of the dial.
This clock is obviously made around the middle of the 18th Century and I can found two possible candidates recorded as John Shaw.Firstly a John Shaw is recorded as working in Sandbach (Cheshire) in 1728 and another working in Melagh (Ireland) in the mid 18th Century.
Interstingly a John Dixon and Ellen Bradshaw were married on October 9th 1750 at Warrington ,Lancashire which is only about 20 miles from Sandbach which strongly suggests that this clock was made by the Sandbach maker..
Wherever this maker worked it is apparent that this is primitive country work and the maker made use of unusual work practices to make many features unique.
When you look at the movement the plates themselves are very rough cast brass with numerous imperfections.Interestingly the top plate corners and the bottom have been cut away to save brass which was very expensive at this period in time.Furthermore the plate pillars are steel together with the bridge on the front plate which holds the motion work.The dial feet are also steel and the chapter ring is firmly riveted.The movement is obviously been made by someone more used to blacksmiths work than refined clock making.
The same applies to the case which was obviously made by the local cabinet maker and is made mainly of elm with a little oak which ,I presume,was obtained locally.
All in all this is an excellent example of country clock making and the many features outlined make it very desirable to collectors and an ideal clock to fit in a cottage.
The 12inch square brass dial is very pretty,one hand has been replaced but the movement is original to the dial.The eight day bell striking outside count wheel movement is in fully working order but would benefit with a service.
The pretty case is of a good size being only 6 ft 4ins tall,the trunk is 13 inches wide and the maximum depth is 9 1/2.This clock will fit into any home.
The overall condition is excellent for a clock of this great age but there is a repaired split in the trunk door and evidence of old long dead woodworm in the thick elm backboard.
I have included plenty of images to accurately show the item but I am more than pleased to answer any questions.
Should the buy it now price be paid in full I will service the movement,deliver and set up the clock free of charge in the UK mainland.
Any lesser offers accepted and the clock will be sold as described with shipping/collection the responsibility of the buyer.
This is a very pretty and rare example of Country clock making which will delight the buyer