Early Centre Seconds Regulator by Spencer & Perkins
A delightful faded mahogany 8 day regulator by the famous London firm of Spencer & Perkins (1765-1810) with the rare feature of centre seconds. Most likely made for a doctor where large visible seconds would have been important. The case has a shallow arch hood with canted reeded corners, slim trunk with brass framed glazed door and square panelled base that has faded and bleached over time and is now a lovely mellow colour. The 9 1/2” dial is extremely easy to read with conventional hour and minute display with centre dead beat seconds and is signed in the arch Spencer & Perkins London. The brass framed glass panel in the door is a later but still very early addition to the clock and was probably done to show off the (re-instated) mercury pendulum that would have been an upgrade on the original brass bobbed pendulum. The movement has 4 knopped pillars with a robust pendulum support that spans the plates. The wheel work is very delicate and has bolt and shutter maintaining power operated by a small lever to the RH side of the dial.
Height: 75 ½”
Width: 16 ½”
Depth: 9 ¼”
Dial Diameter: 9 ½”