James Edwards, Stourbridge: A Striking Skeleton Clock
A lovely Victorian brass skeleton clock with an eight-day duration, double fusee movement, striking the hours on a gong with pull repeat.
The wheelwork with five spokes throughout and beautifully worked brass and steelwork. The silvered dial has scalloped edges, engraved black Roman hour numerals and signature Dumville, Stockport, being the retailer of the clock, and has decorative blued steel hands.
The scroll shaped framework to the clock is typical of the design used by James Edwards of Stourbridge and can be safely attributed to his workshops.
See Derek Roberts, British Skeleton Clocks pages 173-177 for photographs of similar clocks and a history of Edwards.
James Edwards is recorded as working in Stourbridge, Worcestershire from before 1829, when he is known to have been in the High Street, until 1853 by which time he is known to be working at Hagley Road. By 1860 all records of him stop so presumably he had ceased trading or died at this point. Edwards was probably the first of the skeleton clock makers to produce top quality pieces on a fairly large scale, pre-dating both Evans of Handsworth and Smiths of Clerkenwell by at least ten years.
This example has beautifully made under dial work, including the skeletonised strike snail and the decorative steel strikework.
There were a number of clockmakers named Dumville working in Stockport at the time of this clocks manufacture, all seemingly the sons of the maker Nathaniel. The retailer Dumville was also a clockmaker in his own right and is recorded as working in Stockport, Cheshire in the late 18th Century and died at Nether Alderly in 1797.