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An important anonymous month-going longcase regulator

c.1760. Seven pillar movement with break arch plates, deadbeat escapement, bolt and shutter maintaining power, barrel arbor with anti-friction rollers at each end. 1¼ seconds pendulum. ‘A’ shaped brass plate covering the pivots on the back plate of the movement, probably intended as a thrust plate in the manner of the regulators made by John Shelton for timing the Transit of Venus. Fully overhauled by UK restorer Laurence Harvey and has been running freely on an 8lb weight for the last five years. Dial engraved with lines adapted from Book Two of Edward Young’s Night Thoughts, a poetic meditation on time, virtue and death: Redeem the TIME! Its loss we dearly buy TIME the supreme – TIME is eternity Pregnant with all eternity can give! The case is in oak, with a long trunk door to conform to the extra length of the pendulum. The clock was made for an amateur astronomer living in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Full details are contained in the article ‘The Rouse Regulator,’ Antiquarian Horology, April 2004 which comes with the clock. Also included is a copy of Georgian Harborough which contains information on the Rouse family which owned the clock.. Bought unrestored and unresearched from Dunbar Sloane (Auckland) for $17,800 in 2003.

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000