An unassumingly well constructed 8 Day Longcase clock. The plain case of mahogany houses a 5 pillar mechanism with anchor escapement.
James Ivory is perhaps Dundee's most celebrated maker having enjoyed great success due to the excellent quality of clocks and watches he produced during his time and his success was passed to his son Thomas who continued after his fathers death.
"JAMES IVORY. Dundee, 1762-95.
22nd September 1767. — "Which day James Ivory, watchmaker in Dundee, was admitted burgess for having paid 50 merks Scots to James Dick, sometime treasurer, and having just now paid other 50 merks to Henry Geekie, present acting treasurer, in full of his freedom."
" The terms of this entry show that James Ivory had no previous claim to admission as a burgess through his ancestors, and it distinctly proves that he was the first of a family of eminent men who have reflected considerable lustre upon Dundee. The name seems to be a corrupt form of the Gaelic cognomen Iverach, and the family had probably a Highland origin, though the locality from whence they sprang is merely a matter of conjecture. James Ivory rose to considerable eminence as a watchmaker in Dundee, and was entrusted with the making of the clock for the steeple of St Andrew's Church in the Cowgate. He served frequently as a Town Councillor from 1768 till 1789, and it was whilst acting in this capacity that his son James, the famous mathematician, afterward Sir James Ivory, was appointed one of the teachers in the Dundee Academy. James Ivory, sen., died previous to 1795." — Roll of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee"
Reference: old scottish clockmakers by John Smith