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Rare Scottish George III Longcase by the Famed William Small
REF: WSLC2 / LA361396
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This eight-day striking clock dates from circa 1765 and is in fantastic condition and made by a pioneer of his age counting James Watt and Thomas Jefferson as just two of his esteemed associates. The case, movement, and dial have all been restored in-house and this clock also has a strike/silent function. The oak and mahogany case has a lovely patina and the inlaid hood has a swan neck pediment top with brass details and a glazed door flanked by reeded columns. There are side viewing windows to the hood. The trunk also has reeded columns and a detailed inlaid door with a working lock over a stepped lower section. The dial has been disassembled and polished and resilvered and comprises a silvered working date ring, subsidiary seconds dial, chapter ring, and cartouche. This clock really is a piece of history and whilst not a famous clockmaker William Small was certainly a famous and influential man. William Small (1734-1775), the son of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Carmyllie in Scotland. He attended Dundee Grammar School, and Marischal College, Aberdeen where he received an MA. In 1758 he was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, which is where he met and taught Thomas Jefferson. In 1764 Small returned to Britain, with a letter of introduction to Matthew Boulton from Benjamin Franklin. Through this connection, Small was elected to the Lunar Society. In 1765 he received his MD and established a medical practice in Birmingham. Small was Boulton’s physician and he became a close friend of Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Day, James Keir, and James Watt. He helped to bring the Theatre Royal to Birmingham in 1774 and was involved in planning and building Birmingham General Hospital. Small died in Birmingham and is buried in the city’s St. Philip’s churchyard. This stunning clock comes with my two-year guarantee as standard.
Clockwise has clarified that the Rare Scottish George III Longcase by the Famed William Small (LA361396) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1765
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This Rare Scottish George III Longcase by the Famed William Small is located in Gloucester, United Kingdom