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Hunt & Roskell, London - A Rare Moonphase and Calender Strut Clock

A   rare   and   interesting   strut   clock   very   much   in   the   manner   of   Thomas   Cole   and   signed   for   one   of   his   main   retailers;   Hunt   & Roskell of London, who exhibited several Cole clocks at the Great Exhibition of 1851. The   gilded   oval   case   is   profusely   engraved   with   floral   and   c-scroll   decoration   and   has   a   folding   two-piece   handle   to   the   top and   spring-loaded   revolving   strut,   of   typical   Cole   design,   to   the   base,   with   the   oval   dial   held   within   a   scroll   shaped   frame. The   dial   is   also   profusely   engraved   with   matching   decoration   and   has   blued   steel   fleur-de-lys   hands,   black   Roman   hour numerals   and   signed   to   the   top   and   base   Hunt   &   Roskell,   156   New   Bond   Street,   London .   To   the   lower   part   of   the   dial   is   a moon-phase   aperture   sat   within   the   curved   date   crescent   with   a   further   blued   steel   hand.   The   engraving   to   the   dial   centre isn’t   symmetrical   as   mostly   seen   on   Cole   clocks,   although   this   is   not   so   unusual   on   earlier   made   clocks,   those   pre- numbered, and there are certainly a number retailed by Hunt & Roskell that are not symmetrical. The   rear   of   the   case   has   an   engraved   monogramme,   formed   with   the   initials   H.S.A,    presumably   that   of   the   first   owner,   along with   a   hand   setting   arrow   and   an   engraved   slide   behind   which   is   the   hand   setting   and   platform   lever   escapement,   further engraved Hunt & Roskell, London . Complete with a matching engraved winding key. Contained   in   the   original   leather   travelling   case   with   a   repeat   of   the   initials   embossed   in   gold-leaf   to   the   front   and   stamped within Hunt & Roskell, Late Storr & Mortimor, To the Queen and Royal family, 156 New Bond Street. The   Hunt   &   Roskell   details   as   shown   on   this   piece   would   place   this   clock   after   1844   and   prior   to   1849   as,   according   to   J.B. Hawkins   in   his   book   Thomas   Cole   &   Victorian   Clockmaking   published   in   1975,   Cole   clocks   were   certainly   being   numbered after   this   latter   date,   although   a   number   may   well   have   been   made   prior   to   this   in   readiness   for   the   aforementioned   1851 Exhibition and therefore still unmarked. Height: 6¾ inches Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Hunt & Roskell

Hunt   &   Roskell   were   founded   by   the   world-renowned   silversmith   Paul   Storr   who   was   joined   by   John   Mortimer   in   1822,   to become   Storr   &   Mortimer,   selling   watches,   clocks,   jewellery   and   silver   wares.   In   1838   the   business,   by   now   with   John Samuel   Hunt   as   a   partner,   was   dissolved   and   carried   on   by   just   Mortimer,   Hunt   and   John   Hunt,   and   now   known   as Mortimer   &   Hunt   which   itself   was   terminated   in   1843   when   John   Mortimer   retired.   It   is   most   probable   that   at   this   point Robert Roskell joined the business. with the firm now named Hunt & Roskell, becoming a limited company in 1898 and then moving   from   156   New   Bond   Street   to   25   Old   Bond   Street   in   1912,   were   they   were   known   until   1965   when   J.W.   Benson   took over this address. They   exhibited   at   the   Great   Exhibition   of   1851,   held   in   the   Crystal   Palace   within   Hyde   Park,   where   it   is   known   they   had   a   fair number   of   clocks   of   this   nature   attributable   to   Thomas   Cole   suggesting   they   were   very   much   not   only   main   retailers   of   his clocks but also championing his pieces in the early years of production.

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