JOSEPH KNIBB LONDINI FECIT (London, circa 1675)
JOSEPH KNIBB LONDINI FECIT
A previously unrecorded Charles II period phase I olivewood table
clock, the fully latched eight-day brass dial movement with outside
count wheel hour strike on a single bell.
The exquisite back plate (shown on previous page) is profusely engraved
with tulips and signed by the maker in a foliate cartouche.
* Joseph Knibb, the most famous member of the celebrated Knibb clockmaking
family was born circa 1640; he was apprenticed to his cousin Samuel in about
1655 and after serving seven years worked first in Oxford and then moved to
London in 1670 where he was made Free of the Clockmakers’ Company. He must
soon have built up a good reputation for himself as it is recorded that he supplied
a turret clock for Windsor Castle in 1677 and payments were made to him in 1682
on behalf of King Charles II.
Joseph Knibb made many longcase and table clocks for domestic use; he was a
particularly inventive maker and experimented with several different types of
striking and repeating mechanism. The vast majority of Knibb’s table clocks were
ebony veneered and a small number were in walnut. Those in olivewood cases can
be counted on one hand and hence are by far the rarest.
Height: 13 inch ( 33.02 cm)
An English family since the late 19th century
R.A. Lee, ‘The Knibb Family – Clockmakers’, page 78,
Plate 71 and Plate 125.
P.G. Dawson, C. B. Drover and D.W. Parkes, ‘Early English Clocks’, page 418,