Regency Bracket Clock by Thwaites and Reed
Finely figured arch top case standing on four brass ball feet with brass inlaid stepped base below ebonised dentil decoration giving way to a decorated brass strung and inlaid panel.
Hinged brass bezel opening to a painted dial with Roman numerals, original ‘blued’ steel hands signed ‘Thwaites and Reed, Clerkenwell, London’.
Eight day Fusee movement with substantial brass plates signed ‘Thwaites and Reed, Clerkenwell, London’ resting on a seatboard. C.1810
The original Thwaites family of clockmakers can be traced back to the early part of the 17th century. In 1808 John Thwaites joined up with George Reed to form ‘Thwaites and Reed’. They soon established themselves as one of the most important clockmaking firms in the country. As well as making clocks for themselves they made movements for some of the most famous names of the day such as Vuillamy, Ellicott, Dutton and Elliott. The firm is still trading today and looks after Big Ben.