item has been sold.
carriage clock by Viner & Co. - Details:
little English timepiece, created by Viner and Co.
in 1835, is a good example of English clock design
as opposed to the lighter more delicate versions that
were popular by the French makers at the time.
The delicately engraved brass rings surrounding the
engine turned silvered dial and two subsidiary dials
showing the day and date are more impressive in person
than can be conveyed in the photos.
small seconds ring is located on the main dial just
below XII. The Breguet style hands are blued-steel
as are all the hands on the other dials.
Were you able to pick up this substantial little clock,
the feel of the deeply engraved thick brass panels
that form the case, the massive handle, the ornate
finials and feet all contribute to the sense of high
quality workmanship that went into this timepiece.
horizontally mounted gold plaques above the day and
date dials are engraved "VINER & CO"
and "REGENT ST" respectively, and
a gold plaque mounted vertically below the access
hole for adjusting the time is engraved "HANDS".
single barrel movement with vertically positioned
three-arm lever balance is signed on the back plate
"VINER & CO. 233 REGENT STREET London".
rear door is of patinated brass with a gilt brass
securing screw and revolving brass cover for the winding
(cm): 12 high, 7 wide, 4.5 deep
Charles Viner was born in 1788, apprenticed to Thomas
Savage in 1802, free of the Clockmakers' Company in
1813, and was a Liveryman from 1819-1840. Viner died
Roberts, a noted expert on English clocks and
author of many informative books writes of Viner:
"Charles Edward Viner was at 1 Royal Exchange
EC from 1776 - 1820 and also had a retail outlet at
151 New Bond St. W from 1776 - 1820 and the firm traded
from 19 Sackville St. W, from 1840 - 1859. Like
many makers such as Dent & Frodsham he made watches,
chronometers and carriage clocks and retailed those
of other makers such as Parkinson & Frodsham.
made by him included examples with pump wind and duplex
escapement. He also made some small bracket clocks.
Carriage clocks by him are quite rare."