hown here is a wonderfully original 30-hour longcase by Richard Savage which came to light recently. Dating from c1720 it's a late example of his work, but is a rare and interesting find.
he 10 inch brass dial with female head spandrels to the four corners has a matted dial centre, which has an engraved bird of peace along with ringing to the inner circle and arrow heads with small leaves to the outer circle. The applied chapter ring has attached fleur-de-lis hour markers with arrow head hour markings and is signed Richard Savage, Salop.
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he small and interesting iron and brass plated movement with a long - one and one eighth second pendulum has some really nice features which are found on Richard Savage clocks dating from the late 17th century including tapered iron arbours with goblet shaped brass collets and fancily ringed ironwork throughout including the four iron movement pillars. Richard Savage is best known for making lantern type birdcage movements with lovely brass or iron turned upright pillars giving the owners the option of using them either as wall clocks (being hung from the wall via hoop and spurs) to show off their lantern movements and without the cost of a case. Alternatively the movement could be housed in a longcase to keep the dust out. However, the example here was only ever made to be housed in a longcase and this is confirmed by Savages small and rare plated movement without the lantern type pillars and would have been cased from day one!
howing the matted dial centre
igned Richard Savage, Salop
which is full of character and charm. It has beautifully turned barley twist pillars attached to the hood which has no mask and no hood door opening. The case is in an amazing original condition throughout which includes retaining its original seat board, base, plinth, backboard, iron lock, escouchen and blacksmith butterfly hinges. The original hood final is also been retained but has been cut down or rather on close inspection it looks like something has been taken off its top and probably done for ceiling height. Overall height approx 6foot, 11".
nother view of the Richard Savage plated movement.
he clock is housed in it’s wonderfully original Early Oak case
ichard Savage was born in Wenlock Magna (the ancient name for Much Wenlock), Shropshire, on 2 August 1663, the son of William & Joan Savage. He was one of the middle children of a family with at least 11 children, not all of whom survived their childhood. Richard married Elizabeth Price of Bridge north in 1685/86, after he would have finished his apprenticeship. Their children included William, born in Wenlock Magna on 15th September 1687 and Thomas, also born in Wenlock Magna, on 17th August 1690. William was apprenticed to his father, in Shrewsbury, in 1700 and Thomas, also in Shrewsbury, in 1703 when both were aged 13. Elizabeth, Richards’s wife, died in Shrewsbury on 7th March 1722. Richard re-married, to Margaret Jones on 19th October 1726, but he himself died, in Shrewsbury, on 27th June, aged 64.
howing the original trunk door iron butterfly hinges.
howing the female head spandrels
howing a view of the Richard Savage rare
ichard Savage is the earliest domestic clockmaker in the county of Shropshire from whom work is known to survive today. He died in 1727 so any surviving clocks that come to light by him will be dated somewhere between around 300 to 340 years old.
howing a close up of the engraved matted dial centre.
with his trade
Showing the nicely turned, iron ringed movement pillars.