An English walnut longcase clock, signed Simon d'Charmes, London, late 17th century. Eight-day time and strike brass movement, with calendar. The hood with a rare repousse brass fret. "It is very probable that brass frets were much more common originally but that many have perished, being made of thin metal, and have been replaced by wood." ("The Longcase Clock", by Tom Robinson, 1981, page 100, and figure 5/12.
Simon De Charmes is recorded in "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World", Volume 2, by Brian Loomes, as working in London from 1688 - ca 1730.
Condition: Case retains its original rising hood. Case and dial associated, but from around the same period. Some replacements to veneer. Clean movement.
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