Butler Bolton, Mrs (1818 – 1824)

Although Jacob Butler died in 1818, he remained in the 1824 trade Directory for Bolton.

Mrs Butler, variously described as Jacob’s Widow, or James Wife, was listed in 1822 as working in Churchgate. She took over the clock business and presumably traded under their existing name for some time, or more likely as this example, the generic ‘Butler Bolton’.

As with the example of Harriet Samuel, of H. Samuel fame, Mrs Butler may have wished to hide the fact that she was a woman from her clients.

The dial with makers name of ‘Butler, Bolton’, has the four corners adorned with painted flowers and to the centre are two exotic birds. The dial is set out with Roman Numerals. There is subsidiary second dial. The dial also has fretted fingers.

This clock dates to circa 1800 to 1820

The Halifax moon has the moons and also a painting of a galleon and a cottage scene.

The movement is eight day duration and is rack striking on a single bell.

The hood, has swan necks with brass pateras. Below this is a painted panel. Square reeded inlaid columns flank the hood door. To the rear are plain back splats. The door is mahogany veneered and inlaid with fine stringing and has a brass knob. 

Going down to the trunk, the triple peak mahogany door with moulding to the edge and petite acorn half turning’s to the peaks. The door is flanked by reeded bookend columns which have diamond, dog tooth and stringing inlays incorporated into them. 

Finally the base has canted corners with frame of inlay. It is raised on lovely ogee bracket feet.