Thomas Lister, Halifax: Unusual Moonphase Longcase with Double Strike
A rather splendid mahogany longcase clock with unusual moonphase and strike. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours on two bells simultaneously, giving a deep resonant sound, both bells mounted horizontally as is often the practice with Lister clocks and has pull repeat.
The movement itself sits on a removable seat board and cheeks, a feature sometimes seen on clocks of the area. The rear of both the dial and moon disc are signed in paint, Lister 3.
The fourteen-inch break-arch dial is beautifully painted within the arch depicting a huntsman out in the fields with his dog, with the moon showing within a shaped slot in the top. There are depictions of the four-seasons within the four corners of the dial, each being a female figure painted in the Wedgewood style.The chapter ring has black Roman numerals and Arabic five-minute markings whilst the dial centre has subsidiary seconds & date dials and is signed Thos Lister, Halifax, with decorative brass hands.
The flame mahogany case has an arched trunk door with satinwood crossbanding, with further crossbanding to the rest of the case. There are three-part cluster columns to the trunk with matching fluted columns to the hood all surmounted by a swan-neck pediment. The case stands on shaped bracket feet.
An example of this style of dial by Lister, with the unusual moonphase to the top of the arch, is illustrated and described in Brian Loomes Clockmakers of Northern England, page 165.
Height: 94 inches (240cms)
Thomas Lister of Halifax, born in 1745 in Luddenden, Yorkshire, was the second clockmaker of this well-known family with this name, his father also called Thomas, and the fourth to go into the profession, his grandfather William working until his death in 1731 and his uncle also William, born in 1721, and working until circa 1785. Thomas Lister junior originally worked with his father but went alone in Halifax from circa 1765 until his death in 1814. After the death of his father he decided against making the humble thirty-hour oak-cased clock, as preferred by Thomas senior, and concentrated on the better quality eight-day clocks in mahogany cases, elevating the quality of his output after the death of his only serious local competitor, Thomas Ogden, in 1769. It is known that he made several very complicated clocks including world-time clocks and musical examples with one superb example, a musical clock with two Cary globes attached; one a celestial the other a terrestrial and which is housed in the Bankfield Hall Museum.