A RENAISSANCE EBONY AND GILT-BRASS CRUCIFIX CLOCK WITH ALARM, JACOB WIDENMAN, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1620
the hexagonal base mounted with a crucifix surmounted by revolving sphere revolving to indicate the quarter hours, flanked at the base by figures of Mary and St. John, to the front a skull and crossed bones and an hours dial with central alarm disc, the movement with fusee to the going train, verge escapement with later plain three-arm balance and balance spring with regulator, standing barrel to the striking train with external locking plate and foliate striking gate, decorative strike and alarm hammers acting on a bell mounted in the base, the backplate further mounted with a set-up ratchet and signed Jacob Widenman, Augspurg, the moulded hexagonal case with glazed panels and later turned feet
49cm. high, 19cm. wide; 19¼in., 7½in.
PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS SHOULD INSPECT IN PERSON. All very dirty throughout and difficult to judge how much of the original gilding remains beneath the dirt. Finial lacking from top of globe and indicator broken, alarm silencing lever missing from dial plate, unexplained spare hole next to figure of Mary. Movement appears to be complete but not running, alteration to balance wheel and addition of spring and regulation, movement plates retain much of the original gilding but movement is dirty and with some surface rusting to steelwork, it will require complete service and overhaul. Case in generally good but very ditrty condition, some minor losses, dents and marks, later feet. No winder.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Possibly Ellen Willmott (1858-1934); her sale, Warley Place, Great Warley, 30 May-5 June 1935, lot 1254;
acquired by her nephew Robert George Berkeley (1898-1969) for Spetchley thence by descent