From about 1775 to nearly 1800 long-case clocks of exceptional form were sparingly made, but these, although very interesting to the clock student, are quite sporadic, illustrating or exemplifying no fashion, and are, therefore, somewhat out of place in an orderly progression of English clock fashions. Fig. 448, apparently a satinwood "balloon" bracket clock on a pedestal, is really a long-pendulum clock with a seconds dial. Figs. 197 and 198 are an interesting pair from the India Office, formerly in the East India Company's House. The one on the right is a long-pendulum clock, the one on the left (now inoperative) was formerly connected with a weather-vane on the roof, and showed the direction and force of the wind, the phases of the moon, etc. Both cases are veneered with Thuja wood, and the clocks are signed by the one maker, Ayns-worth Thwaites of Clerkenwell. The design of the cases exhibits, strongly, the influence of the school of Robert Adam.
The El Dorado of the clock collector is the Chippendale long-case, that is, one in style similar to the examples illustrated in Chippendale's" Gentleman and Cabinet makers' Director," not of the usual type which is often loosely styled "Chippendale." Mr. Wetherfield has one, an apparently unique clock by John Holmes, illustrated here in Fig. 451, of date about 1765-70, in a mahogany case, the design of which is strongly reminiscent of Thomas Chippendale. The "Director" designs are irrational and absurd, and could not have been made as they were designed, but this clock is just what one would expect from one of these patterns in the hands of a practical and cultured clock-case maker. Fig. 452 shows what is usually described as a " Chippendale " clock; it is of a type which was made, in numbers, in Lancashire during the late eighteenth century.
Fig. 469. The Inverted-Bell Type Of Case. - 1730-40