An important German engraved gilt hexagonal table clock, Johann George Weijer, circa 1760
12.5-cm champlevé silver dial with Roman numerals, pierced blued steel hands and champlevé silver alarm disc, gilt centre signed Johann George Weijer Dantzig, apertures for moonphase and date, levers for strike/silent and quarter repeating/hour repeating, day-going spring driven movement with verge escapement and balance under a foliate pierced cock, going train with fusee and chain, finely engraved standing barrels for the rack quarter striking on two bells, alarm on a bell, finely engraved and similar signed backplate, inner side of the bottom lid very well engraved with foliate scrolls and two birds, identical engraving on the outside of the lid with finely made blued parts, hexagonal gilt case with high relief sculpted rims, sides with glass panels with silver frames, the whole raised on engraved and scrolled feet.
Johann George Weyer was born around 1727 and is was a student of Johann Heinrich Wiegensdorff. He is recorded becoming citizen of Dantzig in 1759 and working independently from 1756 until 1782. Several important clocks are known from him and the execution of this clock shows his great skill and attention to detail. Lit.; Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst pp. 595.