CHARLES EDWIN INC.
Thomas Worswick of Lancaster
fine George III Period 'Lancashire Chippendale'
Case: This is an unusually
slim case for a northwestern English clock, even at this early date.
The trunk is just 13 inches in width. Although the case is largely
of mahogany, the trunk door is veneered in sabicu, a central American
hardwood closely resembling mahogany.
The long, shaped door in the trunk is veneered
in book-matched panels in an interesting "quartered" pattern,
and the trunk is further set off by fluted quarter columns. The base
has a central panel of flame veneer set in a cross banded
frame, and canted corners. The feet are original ogee brackets.
Movement: Thomas Worswick's eight-day, four pillar movement strikes the hours on a bell, and features the usual seconds and date indicators, strike repeating, and lunar mechanism. Escapement is anchor recoil and the weights are cast iron.
Maker: Baillie lists Thomas Worswick as working from as early as 1753 to his death in 1804. Genealogy records show that he married Alice Gillow, of the famous Gillows cabinetmaking company, in 1756. Worswick is recorded as purchasing many clock cases from Gillows, and this clock demonstrates many of the firm's trademark features. Thomas Worswick was apparently quite a successful businessman and exporter of his watches and clocks. Lancaster City Museum is said to have a longcase clock by Thomas Worswick in the furniture collections.
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