Fine Antique Skeleton Clock. The Arabesque, by Evans of Handsworth.
This clock has been described as one of the most attractive skeleton clocks ever produced, it is pictured in many publications.
Of unique design incorporating 3 scrolled frames, the third carrying the silvered dial.
Timepiece 8-day fusee movement with passing strike, 6 spoke wheelwork and anchor escapement. Evans compensating pendulum with cylindrical pewter bob and wood rod, this pendulum was used on all of Evan’s best clocks.
Standing on a white marble base, covered by an oval glass dome.
Silver plaque under the dial signed Evans & Sons, Handsworth.
With its original brass winding key.
Total dimensions; 21.5 inches high, 17.75” wide, 8” deep.
Evans of Handsworth (Birmingham) were, along with Smiths of Clerkenwell, at the forefront of skeleton clock making in the mid 1800's. The business was founded by Boulton & Watt of the Soho Foundry, Handsworth, Birmingham, who in 1805 decided to discontinue the making of clocks. Their foreman John Houghton took on the concern and established himself in Soho Street becoming The Soho Clock Factory. His son-in-law, William Frederick Evans (born 1819), joined him and when Houghton retired in 1843 Evans took over the running of the business. He died in 1899 by which time his son, also William Frederick (born 1849), took control until his death in 1904.
For a further history of the business along with photographs and pictures of clocks etc see the relevant chapter in the book Derek Roberts, 'British Skeleton Clocks, pages 61 - 63 and 126 - 156