DEODATUS THRELKELD, Apprentice to Fromanteel, Newcastle c.1685
A 17th century, small and beautifully proportioned walnut longcase clock from Charles II/ James II period.
The case is constructed of oak, veneered in figured walnut with superb patina and colour, standing on bun feet. The original rising hood is flanked with barleytwist columns and sound fret above.
The 10 inch square dial is mounted with a silvered chapter ring, seconds ring and finely cast cherub spandrels to the corners. The finely matted centre has shuttered winding holes and well executed day of month aperture. The dial plate is signed D Threlkeld Newcastle below the six o’clock position.
The eight day duration movement has bolt and shutter maintaining power, anchor escapement, five latched knopped and finned pillars and strikes the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel. A typically early brass bob pendulum and brass cased weights complete the clock.
Deodatus Threlkeld was a highly regarded maker having been apprenticed to Londontrained clockmaker Abraham Fromanteel from 1671 to 1678. Threlkeld established his own business as clock and watchmaker in 1680 when his master Fromanteel returned toLondonto take over the family business. Threlkeld clocks display London quality and characteristics reminiscent of Fromanteel, although very few survive. A watch made entirely of gold by Threlkeld is contained in the British Museum collection.
Height 6ft/ 184cm