Longcase Pickering /Riefler regulator

Ref: 1238


Fine and rare mahogany long case regulator by R.N.U. Pickering with a movement, escapement and pendulum undoubtedly supplied by Riefler.

Rowland Neville Umfreville Pickering (1862-1932) was a talented surgeon and clockmaker who listed himself as an Inventor. He lived and worked at 50 Upper Berkeley Street, London, and had an extensive workshop behind his surgery. He made extraordinary regulators throughout his life and his work is held in such high esteem that two examples are kept at the British Horological Institute’s head office, Upton Hall.

The tall mahogany case has a lift off glazed cover with a winding hole in the front glass. I have handled a few of this type of regulator by Pickering and am positive that he must have made an arrangement with Riefler to buy their weight driven movements after they had moved on to producing electrically driven ones. The movement has rectangular plates with very fine wheel-work all with 5 crossings and a frosted gilt finish. The escapement is Riefler’s patented spring impulse escapement with double escape wheels. The pendulum is a Riefler type J1sch, which was one of their best and most accurate.

The weight falls via a roller mounted on the side of the movement.

Height: 75½”
Width: 18″
Depth: 11″
Dial Diameter: 9½”

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