An Oak cased English Longcase clock signed "Sam Tinham in New Sarum" with 8 day anchor mechanism striking the hours upon a single bell. The 12" Gilded and silvered brass dial is engraved with roman numerals and includes a sub dial showing seconds. The case is somewhat later in date and serves as an understated substitute to his otherwise highly decorated cases, but having said that, it is a wonderful match for the dial and movement.
Born in 1660, Samuel Tinham was a clockmaker active in New Sarum (now Salisbury) throughout the late 17th century. He is known for his high-quality clocks, characterized by their intricate craftsmanship and elegant design. The movements of Tinham's clocks are typically constructed with six knopped and finned pillars, anchor escapements, and inside countwheel striking on a bell.
Tinham was a highly skilled clockmaker whose clocks are considered to be amongst some of the finest examples of English clockmaking from the late 17th century. He has been regarded as one of the most important clockmakers in the history of Salisbury and his clocks are a valuable part of the city's cultural heritage. Tinham's clocks are a testament to his craftsmanship and artistic talent.