Oak 8-day longcase clock, William Bilbie, Somerset, circa 1760
An excellent 8-day oak longcase with scalloped bottom panels and matching door, capped by a square hood with integral columns and gilt capitals.
The brass dial is surrounded by extensive foliage spandrels, with black Roman numerals and Arabic minute – signed by William Bilbie of Chew Stoke. The centre is engraved beautifully engraved with detailed foliage spandrels and black painted hands. An 8-day movement with anchor escapement striking on bell.
This clock was made by a member of the highly regarded Bilbie clock-making dynasty. William (1730 – 1789) was the third son of Thomas and was in charge of the Chew Stoke foundry from 1775-1790.