Late 18th.c. Welsh Longcase Clock by Watkin Owen of Llanrwst
Fine late 18th.c. brass faced 8 day longcase clock by Watkin Owen of Llanrwst, Wales’ most celebrated clock maker. Handsome Conwy valley oak case with shaped door and base panel and a well proportioned hood complete with original brass finials. As well as being engraved ‘Watkin Owen Llanrwst’ together with well realized urns typical of ‘the good engraver’,the face carries a second name ‘David Moses’ on the bottom edge. This is believed to have been the original owner of the clock and is an unusual feature. Even more unusual is the fact that the clock features no 7 o’clock, instead the numerals for 8 appear twice! With working date display.
In excellent condition (barring minor damage to the face where a rivet has pulled through in the top left corner). The works which feature Watkin Owen’s trademark 5th pillar, have been cleaned, repaired and overhauled and are sold with a 12 month guarentee. The case has been cleaned and polished. Key supplied.
The Owen family of Llanrwst, a small market town in the Conwy valley, are probably the most prolific and best known family of 18th century clockmakers in Wales. Watkin Owen (1755-1809) was aged just 21 when his father, the respected clockmaker John Owen,died. After establishing himself as head of the business, he improved and refined his father’s works, adding a fifth pillar to the movement and producing a remarkable number of clocks of consistantly high quality and reliability housed in excellent regional cases. For more information about Watkin Owen you can’t beat the remarkable study of his output which makes up the bulk of Colin and Mary Brown’s book The Clockmakers of Llanrwst.
Dimensions: width 21″, depth 10″, height 90″
Year: c. 1795