James Rule, Portsmouth Longcase Clock
This is a small and well proportioned Hampshire longcase clock in a good quality "London" mahogany case with figuring to the trunk door and base. An arched hood pediment surmounted by the 2 original brass finials and brass capped fluted hood and trunk side columns. A re-entrant moulded base panel. A 12" arched brass dial with a silvered chapter ring and strike/silent lever to the arch with seconds dial and a date aperture. A fine quality 5-pillar mechanism striking the hours on a bell. Brass cased weights and a flat rod pendulum.
This style of high quality London quality case and mechanism are often seen in Portsmouth as apprentice clockmakers seemed to move to this area. James Rule is recorded in Baillies "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of The Worlld" book as working before 1778. This example dates to circa. 1770.