Robert Best, London, 1780 Regulator.

This diminutive domestic regulator made circa 1785 is especially small at just 6ft tall. The neat and well-patinated dark, oak case is nicely proportioned, sparingly decorated and shows the 10in plain silvered dial to maximum effect. Beautifully signed in the shallow break arch and engraved for seconds, the time is indicated by two fine cut steel hands.

Behind the dial is a five pillar, 8 day regulator movement of the finest quality, fitted with Harrison’s maintaining power. The massive 7in brass bob pendulum is suspended from a double bridge backcock and regulated by a silvered and engraved knurled rating nut.

An exceptional little clock.

Circa. 1780