GF104 - NICHOLAS ROPER (I) OF ASHWICK (SOMERSET) 1737-1766
There is a considerable amount of information surrounding this noted clockmaking family who lived and worked in Crewkerne, Shepton Mallet, Oakhill and Ashwick. in total 8 clockmakers by the name Roper are listed.
Although there were three clockmakers by the name of Nicholas Roper, the style of this clock would date it to the early to mid 1700's. and Nicholas II was not working until 1780 which would be too late for this clock.
Nicholas Roper (I) was the son of Samuel Roper, clockmaker of Crewkerne, and moved to Ashwick near Shepton to set up business.
This ornately engraved brass dial clock has a 30 hour movement, and has both minute and hour hand originally fitted as shown by the minute numerals around the dial.
The makers name is set within a cartouche with scalloped edges, the dial also having a date wheel
The clock is mounted within an oak case with boxwood stringing.
A very attractive early longcase clock with local history.
Height 76". Width 16".