RARE Antique Quaker Longcase Grandfather brass dial John Sanderson, Wigton

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Seller: longcaseclockman (723) 100%, Location: Tarporley, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 132668450656 Here we have a longcase clock dial, the brass roman numerals with small Arabic numerals above. The centre is inscription "Remember Man That Die thou Must And after that must Judgement Just. Job Pearson 1714", with date aperture to center (but date disk lacking). the chapter ring is engraved 'John Sanderson, Wigton Fecit'. John Sanderson was born in 1671 and was still alive in 1754 and was the son of blacksmith Robert Sanderson who worked at Tiffenthwaite Farm (near Wigton). After his father had died John lived in the Great House at Highmoor with his aunt and uncle before living and working as a clockmaker in Tiffinthwaite by 1690. It is believed that John Sanderson learned his trade by serving his apprenticeship under John Ogden at Bowbridge. He was the main Wigton maker of clocks in the early 18th century. Several other journeymen are thought to have worked for him producing easily identifiable clock movements. Much more info on him and Wigton makers can be found in ‘Clockmakers of Northern England by Brian Loomes’. It is also understood that John Sanderson was orphaned as a child and was brought up by his father's brother. He then went on to father a child by the wife of this uncle who had brought him up. When the child was baptised, he had to face the shame of this being announced in church before every member of his family and the rest of the parish. His early mistake caused him to turn to religion and for a while he turned to Quakerism. The inscription on this clock dial appears to have been his favourite verse. Almost all of his output was in thirty hour square dial clocks with anchor escapements and some with lantern movements. Approximate dimensions : 28.3 cm wide x 29 cm high He married local Quaker girl Elizabeth Pearson in 1691. He was the founder member of what has become known as ' The Wigton School of Clockmaking '. Dial N19. Condition: Please see photographs and description., Sub-Type: Faces, Dials, Numbers, Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Brass, Clock Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Type: Clock Parts

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