GF088 - FRANCIS PILE, HONITON (1731-63) - SLIM 8-DAY BRASS DIAL LONGCASE CLOCK
An early West Country Longcase clock housed in an unusual narrow oak and mahogany case.
Francis Pile (Pyle) was a noted Honiton maker, associated with several of the Exeter clockmakers, and who took a number of apprentices including
John Murch in 1754, himself a well known Honiton clockmaker. He was active in making and maintaining several church clocks in the area.
The clock itself has an 'Inside Countwheel' 8-day movement (an indicator of an early clock), and a superb 12" brass dial with radial style engraving to the centre, and engraved birds
around the date aperture. The movement strikes on a bell and has the seconds and date indicators.
The unusual case is 77" high, only 10.5" wide to the trunk, which has tall reeded pillars to each side and brass capitals. The hood has glazed windows to the sides.
Brass pendulum and lead weights.