A Rare Provincial Walnut Eight Day Longcase Clock with Unusual Dial Display, signed Jno Ogden, Bowbridge, circa 1705, the case with flat top pediment, ebonised columns and gilded capitals, side viewing windows, nicely figured burr walnut trunk door with herringbone crossbanding and a moulded border, plinth with crossbanding and burr walnut panel upon a moulded skirting, 12-inch square brass dial with silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring signed, lozenge diamond shaped half-hour markers, matted dial centre with date aperture, ringed winding holes, subsidiary seconds, lunar scale penny moon aperture, unusual old sayings for the spandrels Away like these do slip, Mans pretious hours, Observe ye motions tip and Behold this hand, four pillar movement with anchor escapement and inside countwheel striking on a bell, 222cm high
John Ogden was the first clockmaker to work in the more remote rural north. He mostly made thirty hour longcase clocks, but it is thought that there are only three or four eight day longcase clocks with 12-inch dials being recorded. John Ogden was born in 1665 and was the eldest son of James Ogden. He moved away from Halifax in the late 17th century and became a Quaker about the time of his move. John worked at Bainbridge, near Askrigg in North Yorkshire. His earliest clocks are signed Bainbrigg as it was sometimes spelled. He married in 1700 and acquired Bowbridge Hall. After about 1702 he started signing his clocks as at Bowbridge. He lmoved to Darlington between 1712 and 1715 and worked until his death in 1741. See Loomes (Brian) Clockmakers of Northern England, pages 33-37.