A rare, small, lacquered tavern timepiece by this member of a well-known West Country family clockmakers. The teardrop style of the very unusual case is of traditional style with its rounded base and ogee shaped sides. Above the door is the maker's signature CHAS. PENNEY BRISTOL which is set in a reserve. The long door, with its rounded top and base, reveals a boldly painted oriental gilt figure standing under a large spray of flowers and foliage. The trunk sides are filled with sprays of chrysanthemum. The wood dial is turned from a single piece of wood to a finely shaped, convex surface - a distinctive feature, many dials being flat. The narrow edge moulding is heightened with a gilt band. The chapter ring is very well laid out with Roman hours and outside five minute marks. The brass hands have heart tips, the minute with counterpoise. The 8-day timepiece movement has A shaped plates, a long pendulum and period lead weight.