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SAMUEL BETTS (LONDON, ACTIVE 1645-1673) EBONIZED BRACKET CLOCK, engraved brass dial signed "Samuel Betts Londini" in script at lower edge, double-fusee movement, housed in an ebonized case with separate base. Movement mid 17th century, case possibly later. 19 3/4" HOA, 8 1/4" x 9" dial.

Provenance: Property of Maurice Derby Leach, Jr., and Virginia Baskett Leach, Lexington, VA.
From the collection of Kenneth Henry Leach, England, purchased c. 1911-1912 at Hope's in Christ Church, England.

Catalogue Note: Samuel Betts (active 1640-1673) was an important early English clockmaker who made both watches and bracket clocks. Betts is often associated with Edward East (1610-1693), who is generally regarded as one of the finest clockmakers of the period and served as clockmaker to Charles I and Charles II. In 1673 Samuel Betts was succeeded in busines by Jacobus Markwick, another significant early English clockmaker.The present clock was extensively examined by W. David Todd of the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, and a copy of his report will be made available to the purchaser.


CONDITION UPDATE 6/17/14 Very good visual condition, unknown mechanical condition, alterations. Mr. W. David Todd, Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, concludes in a 1991 report on the clock that the alterations to the works were likely done by the "hand of its maker and the conversion of its escapement was undertaken only to improve its timekeeping ability".

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Estimate $800 - $1,200Jun 21, 2014
Mt. Crawford, VA, USA