A fine Charles II period hour striking and repeating spring table clock in a domed case veneered with ebony surmounted by a single brass carrying handle and four gilt brass finials. The 6 1/4 inch square brass dial with finely matted centre is mounted with a silvered chapter ring and wing and cherub spandrels. The blued steel pointers are finely pierced and faceted and the dial plate is signed by the maker below VI. Above XII there is a strike/silent lever. The 8-day duration movement is fully latched with finely turned baluster pillars. There is a fully restored verge escapement and the hours are sounded on a bell via an inside pivoted rack. The quarters are repeated on a further bell. The backplate is also signed in an arc Joseph Knibb Londini Fecit and is well engraved with tulips and scrolling leaves. Date: circa 1685. Joseph Knibb, the most famous member of the celebrated Knibb clockmaking family, was born circa 1640. He was apprenticed to his cousin Samuel in about 1655 and after serving seven years worked first in Oxford and then moved to London in 1670 where he was made free of the Clockmakers' Company. He must soon have built up a good reputation for himself as it is recorded that he supplied a turret clock for Windsor Castle in 1677 and payments were made to him in 1682 on behalf of King Charles II. Joseph Knibb made many longcase and table clocks for domestic use. He was a particularly inventive maker and experimented with several different types of striking and repeating mechanisms.