Longcase Clock

Production date
1935-1936
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Longcase clock, case of silky oak, inlaid with approximately 10,000 pieces of Queensland timber, of about 20 varieties. Case made by John Mason. Eight-day clock with movement made by the Swiss manufacturing firm "Tegus". Weight driven Westminster chimes. The inlays of the case are mostly geometric, but incorporate a pair of eyes adapted from an optometrist's advertisement that appeared regularly in the Maryborough newspaper.
Classification
CH classification HOROLOGY Clocks longcase clock
Measurements
H2300 x W1000 x D380mm
Media/Materials description
Silky oak, glass, brass, steel
History and use
Comprising approximately 10,000 pieces of timber from the Maryborough and Dundowran districts, this longcase clock was made by Maryborough cabinetmaker John Mason. He was 72 at the time and this was the last of his major works.

The inlay patterns of the case are mostly geometric, but incorporate a pair of eyes adapted from an optometrist's advertisement that appeared regularly in a Maryborough newspaper. The case houses an eight-day clock with movement made by the Swiss manufacturing firm "Tegus" and weight-driven Westminster chimes.

Much of Mason's work was shown to great acclaim in agricultural exhibitions in Queensland in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H8453

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