George I Ebony-Veneered and Brass-Mounted Table Clock
Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman, London, No. 277, circa 1725
The case with brass handle to the inverted bell top, the 6 inch dial signed Quare &./Horseman./London. 277, the matted center with date and false pendulum apertures, and a rise-and-fall dial in the arch, with five ringed pillars and conversion from verge to anchor escapement, pull quarter repeat, the backplate signed 277/Quare &/Horseman./LONDON within a cartouche engraved with a mask supporting a basket of flowers held by at the sides by birds, within profusely engraved scrolling foliage and a wheatear-engraved border. Height 15 inches (38.1 cm).
Daniel Quare (c. 1648-1724) was a maker of great repute and once held the Royal appointment as watch and clockmaker to George I, despite his refusal to take the oath of allegiance to the King, as he was a Quaker. He is credited with the invention of the repeating watch and various scientific instruments. He was a Master of the Clockmaker's Company in 1708 and took Stephen Horseman as an apprentice in January 1701. Horseman was free in 1709 and entered into a partnership with Quare in 1718. Quare died in 1724 but Horseman continued to sign his work 'Quare & Horseman', even after the former's death in 1724, also using his serial numbers on clocks and watches. Horseman was made bankrupt in 1730.
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