Miniature longcase clocks are rarities: this one, which runs for a month on a single winding, is rarer still. The case barely accommodates the exceptionally heavy weights required by the long duration of the clock, and the door to the trunk had to be hollowed out to provide room for their free descent. The hour hand is a modern replacement. Daniel Quare (1649–1724), a Quaker probably born somewhere is Somerset, England, was admitted to the London Clockmakers’ Company in 1671. Described as a “great clockmaker” at the time of his admission, he was probably second only to Thomas Tompion among his contemporaries. Steven Horseman (d. 1740) became Quare’s apprentice in 1701 and his partner in 1718.
Signature: Engraved on dial: Danl: Quare / Ste: Horseman / LONDON / 220
David Belasco (until d. 1931; sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, December 8–12, 1931, no. 1233; sold to Partridge); [ Frank Partridge, Inc. ; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1931–64; to MMA)