A very rare pre-numbered hour-striking strut clock.
The gilt-brass case finely engraved with a floral and leaf pattern on an etched background with conforming gilt dial mask with swivel foot and folding handle; to the rear a spring controlled strut support and spring-loaded flap the access the hand set; the well engraved silvered dial decorated with leaf scrolls and flowers to match the case with Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands with a cartouche signed for C.F. Hancock, London. The two train eight-day duration going barrel movement with split rear plate sounding the hours on a gong with lever escapement with a plain steel balance With its red leather velvet lined travelling case, the silk lid lining signed C.F HANCOCK a Successor of STORR & MORTIMER’S by appointment to H.M. Queen Adelaide & H.I.M. the Emperor of Russia, 39 Bruton Street, London and above two crowns and a council craft medal for the 1851 Great Exhibition, the lower part of the case housing the original winding key.
Case height: 5 ½ inches (14cms).
See ‘ THOMAS COLE and Victorian Clockmaking’ by J.B Hawking, items 4 and 5 for similar examples.