However within five weeks of the royal visit, this wooden arch was demolished. By 1853 the arch was rebuilt in sandstone and known for the next 100 or so years as the Royal Arch, Dundee until that was also demolished in the mid 20th century.Paintings and depictions of the original wooden triumphal arch are rare given it did not stand very long - a mere few weeks. Below this cresent surrounding the dial are four painted figures representing the countries of England, Wales Scotland and Ireland. The clock face is inscribed with both the makers name and location (Kettle). The inscriptions and paint to clock face have wear and patina from time. The gilt has worn away in the preceding two centuries. Working well and complete but needs new weight cord. As the current gut cord snapped when winding.
Other than that the clock is working and has always been kept in use. Some good tutorials on YT and on various clock menders' websites. Being partially disabled means some jobs lie beyond my one-armed abilities.The gut / wire itself is inexpensive. It has its original painted pendulum and it's two heavy 10lb and 12lb weights. It had remained in the East of Scotland until relatively recently. The cord breaking is something I'd normally reattach or replace myself but I'm awaiting an operation and it's too much for my one good arm. It will be sadly missed though and it's been a pleasure owning and winding it.
This clock is built in dark oak with central door & key, half columns to the trunk and a'Swan neck' hood with full columns either side of the arched and glazed door. A very good example of Scottish clock making in the early Victorian period. It is missing it's central finial although this doesn't really detract and replacement can be easily found.
The door lock can be a little fiddly and requires slight forward pressure. Please see the final photo. The date wheel is still present but there appears no mechanism to operate it and the cog sits independent from the other workings.
So although the clock itself works normally, please assume that there is no mechanism present to operate the date wheel. The date hand can be turned manually however. Andrew Symington was not just well known for good quality clocks but also as an inventor like his father - William. Various information about Andrew Symingtons horological inventions and patents can be found online.