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Long-case Clock

1790 - 1810

Long-case clock with painted dial with birds and flowers and an eight day movement. Marked ‘Lees – Middleton.’

The clock case includes oak, mahogany, satin wood and deal (pine) with quarter reeded columns – cross banded mahogany.

John Lees was a clockmaker who worked in Middleton from 1770 to 1804. It is thought that his father was also a clock maker, and his youngest son William Lees was a watchmaker.

John Lees worked with both brass and white dials. White dials, or painted dials, were first used in the 1770s. The style and decoration of clock dials changed very quickly, as fashions came and went. The painting on this dial allows the approximate date of this clock to 1800. After 1800 decorative painting became much heavier and the numbers changed from Roman numerals to Arabic figures until about 1820.