A solid oak cased 30 hour single hand Longcase Grandfather clock, signed W Barnard, Newark and numbered 207.
The brass dial with silvered chapter ring with roman numerals in good condition. (date feature not functioning)
In full working order, having been serviced in our own workshop.
William Barnard was perhaps Newark's best-known clockmaker, probably because he was the most prolific.
We know he was born in Newark about 1710 (one report says 1707) and was apprenticed for seven years, probably at the usual age of fourteen, not to the local Gascoignes, as might have seemed the obvious choice, but to clockmaker Daniel Tantum, who at that time (1724) worked in Nottingham, a dozen or so miles to the west. If his birth was in 1707, that would make him seventeen years old when apprenticed, and that was unusually old for apprenticeship in those days.
The whole point about William's career and especially his early life is that he carried out a consistent practice which helps us put his clocks into sequence, in that he numbered each one. Numbers have been noted so far between the 300s and the 1200s. I have kept a note of all those I have come across in recent years, and these are: 525, 531, 535, 565, 566, 587, 613, 627, 706, 772, 797, 816, 819, 901, 910, 969 (dated 1769), 1084, 1086, 1216, and 1753 (though this last one may be a misreading for 753). All his clocks are said to have been numbered. His clock number is usually positioned on the front of the dial, sometimes beside his signature, but on those clocks with seconds dials (usually only eight-day ones) the number is often placed inside the seconds ring - as on the example of number 969.
This movement is numbered 207 (see pictures) so is probably an example of his very early work.
The case is in good condition with a minor chip to the lower rear (see picture)
Measurements are :- Overall Height 198cm, Width 36cm, Depth 24cm.
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