A Longcase Clock signed Blaylock & Dudson, Carlisle, circa 1870
John Blaylock (3) was in partnership with William Dudson from 1862 until 1873 and I would think this clock dates from the latter part of this period. The case of satinised oak with mahogany cross banding and turned columns to the hood is typical of cases made in Carlisle at this time.
The clock is in particularly good condition and is shown here as viewed by me in an auction sale room. Only minor restoration work to the case is required.
In my opinion the movement would have been supplied to order from a Birmingham factory complete with the painted dial. There is no falseplate to the dial as this was not necessary when both the movement and dial makers worked closely together.
The dial has become partially detached from the movement because of the loss of the lower pillar taper pins. It is possible to discern that the rack hook is pivoted on the left hand side of the movement whereas Blaylock made movements had the rack hook pivoted on the right. The two tapped holes midway on both sides of the movement plates that we normally see on Blaylock painted dial clocks are also absent. These features suggest that the movement and dial were imported as an assembled unit from a Birmingham factory as was the common practice for most clockmakers in the latter part of the 19th century.
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