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English carriage clock by Viner & Co. - Details:

Viner and Co. English carriage clock This 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.

A 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.

Two 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".

The single barrel movement with vertically positioned three-arm lever balance is signed on the back plate "VINER & CO. 233 REGENT STREET London". The rear door is of patinated brass with a gilt brass securing screw and revolving brass cover for the winding hole.

Circa 1835

Dimensions: (cm): 12 high, 7 wide, 4.5 deep

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Edward 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 in 1875.

Derek 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. Watches 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."


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