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Longcase clock by James Bishop of Edinburgh c.
1795, 8 day movement, striking the hours, arched top
one piece silvered dial with engraved decoration, featuring sea horses and
scrolling foliage terminating in eagles heads, being a style particular to
Edinburgh. Seconds and date indication. The oak case being of
typical East coast/Edinburgh form for the period, slender proportions
with fretted panels to the swan neck pediment.
James Bishop is listed as working at 'foot of Pleasance'
in 1794 and later listed as watchmaker in 1816 at 131 West Port just under a
mile from his previous location. Interestingly he signed the petition against
the tax on clocks and watches on 26th Dec 1797. Two other known examples of
his work are an interesting stick barometer c. 1800 and a longcase movement
also with silvered dial but also indicating moon phases.
The movement, dial and case professionally and
sympathetically restored. Condition excellent with minor restorations,
cleaning and waxing, movement overhauled to a guaranteed standard.