Lot 2
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A mahogany longcase regulator

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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  • English, circa 1840 with conversion to grasshopper escapement by George Daniels
  • Mahogany, ivory, brass, steel
  • 195.5cm. 6ft. 5in. high
12-inch silvered dial with annular minutes enclosing subsidiary hours and seconds dials, the massive movement with five pillars each with two knurled screws, the high count train with end plates and maintaining power, the escapement skillfully converted by George Daniels to Harrison's grasshopper, with large escape wheel, ivory pallets and a pair of anti-friction rollers, all visible through the centre of the seconds dial, the separately suspended grid-iron pendulum with lenticular bob, roller suspension and beat adjustment on the crutch, the case with flat top and canted corners, glazed trunk door and panelled plinth with block feet


George Daniels Retrospective Exhibition Catalogue, Sotheby's, London 2006, p. 14-15

Catalogue Note

It was Cecil Clutton who persuaded Dr Daniels to adapt a longcase regulator to use the grasshopper escapement as featured in the regulator by Benjamin Gray and Justin Vulliamy owned by  the Society of Antiquaries.  Having completed the regulator for Clutton he set about making one for himself, (this one, which stood in the hall at Riversdale), and another example now in a private collection.  He converted a further example at a much later date which he retained in his workshop and which is being sold in this sale, Lot 78.