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ANTIQUE CLOCKS IN RESTORATION

In Restoration - As always, any item in this section may be given priority, or reserved, on request. I also propose an addendum covering clocks awaiting repatriation - usually by sea freight and often 6 - 8 weeks before arrival. Again, items may be reserved on a no obligation basis.

ANTIQUE CLOCKS IN RESTORATION

William Mason of London.

William Mason of London.12" breakarch brass dial with rocking ship to circular aperture in arch - "The Royal George". Typical high quality, long door, flame mahogany "London" case with breakarch top and two step base, the lower, shaped. Height 87.4" ( 222 cms. ). N.B. High quality "London" clocks with either moonphases or automaton figures are relatively rare. There are several William Mason clockmakers recorded in the London area at this period - Dockhead, 1763 to 1787. Rotherhithe, 1750 to 1774. Southwark, 1734 (app.) to 1787. Case now restored. Dial and movement in restoration - probably fully restored by end of April.

Jno. Calver of Woodbridge.

Jno. ( John ) Calver of Woodbridge ( the Suffolk one ).12" breakarch brass dial with moonphases to arch.High quality, 8 day, 5 pillar movement with tee shaped frontplate to accomodate the ( geared drive ) moonwork.Unusual "age of moon" slot within subsidiary seconds dial.Blued, cut steel hands, high quality " double brass" pendulum bob.High quality, figured walnut, long door case with panelled base. Recorded born circa 1695, married 1738 died 1751. Well made, high quality, attractive clock. Case in restoration. Dial and movement now in restoration.

W. ( William ) cox of Devizes

W. ( William ) Cox of Devizes.12" breakarch early "Wilson" painted dial with moonphases to arch. Long door, good quality mahogany case with Brass Corinthian capitals to fluted hood columns.Unusual ( quirky ) top to hood, seem before from the region - but rarely.Could be peculiar to a specific casemaker. Good quality, 8 day, 4 pillar movement with hourly ( rack ) striking on a single bell.Good quality geared moondrive.Very well executed. Case in restoration. Dial and movement in queue awaiting restoration. Impromptu pic's, prior to restoration available.

Robt. Welsh of Dalkeith.

Robt. ( Robert ) Welsh of Dalkeith.12" breakarch early Osborne painted dial signed Robt. Welsh Dalkeith to flower sprig flanked circular reserve in arch. Strawberry and flower painted corner spandrels, subsidiary seconds dial, small, square datebox with silvered date ring, similar to, and developed from, the earlier brass dial format ( see LCMAH 311 by the same maker - though that example, somewhat earlier ). Large Roman numerals, with smaller, 5 minute, Arabic outers. Blued, cut steel hands. The slender, delicately proportioned, long door, typically "Edinburgh" mahogany case with swan neck pediment. It is recorded that Robert Welsh was married on 30th January 1763, was working until 1812 and believed dead before 1819. Known for 8 day, brass dial and painted dial longcases, the latter sometimes with Dallaway dials, all invariably, in good mahogany cases. N.B. Osborne dials are generally regarded as superior to the Dallaway ones. Thomas Hadley Osborne ( the dialmaker ) is recorded born in 1753, Sutton Coldfield, worked at 20, Cherry Orchard, Birmingham, died 1779 aged 26 so we may confidently date this clock to circa 1778. In his earlier career he was in partnership with James Wilson 1772 - 1777 in Colmore Row, Birmingham. Case in restoration. Dial and movement in queue awaiting restoration.

Peter Poignand of Jersey

Peter Poignand of Jersey.12" breakarch early "Wilson" painted dial with subsidiary date and seconds dials plus moonphases to arch.Small, neat, pretty, long door mahogany case with breakarch top. Interestingly, the trunk door has a sticker on the inside "Number 26 October 7th 1806 Poignand Fils Horologer & Coufevre Grande Rue, St. Helier." Also, in a different hand "Mr. P.H. De La Croix" and below that "H. Lamery." The date of 1806 ties in nicely with dates for Wilson, the dialmaker, who is recorded as working 1780 - 1808 ( 11, Great Charles Street, Birmingham ). Height 83.3" ( 211.5 cms. ). Or 80.5" ( 204.5 cms. ) ex.central finial. Or 79" ( 201 cms. ) ex. finial pedestals. Interesting to have a serial number and the EXACT date of when it was made. A bonny wee thing which I hope "goes home" to Jersey. Just noticed another sticker - this time "hidden" high up on inside of trunk on left hand side. It's a printed sticker ( blue ) and reads - Member of B.A.D.A. William C. Fox Antiques 41, New St., St. Helier, Jersey. The case is now restored, the movement and dial are in a queue awaiting restoration.

Thomas Strickland of Kendal

Thomas Strickland of Kendal.12" breakarch brass dial with moonphases to arch.Signed Thomas Strickland Kendal to "rainbow" over top of arch.Finely matted and engraved dial centre with cherubs head/rococo spandrels.Good quality typical Kendal area long door mahogany case with swan neck pediment, full "flying" hood columns with matching full hood rear columns and matching trunk quarter columns.Canted corners to base. Good quality, 4 pillar, 8 day movement with hourly ( rack ) striking on a single bell. An unrecorded and ( apparently ) rare maker. There is recorded a Timothy Strickland of Kendal circa 1720 to circa 1740 which I speculate may be the father of Thomas as the late 18C date of this clock ( dating by style, circa 1770 ) would fit in with Thomas being the son and when he would've been working. In the queue awaiting restoration.

Wm. ( William ) Tarry of London.

Wm. ( William ) Tarry of London.Recorded, a single date, circa 1720.12" breakarch brass dial with penny moon to arch, flat top, figured walnut case, the trunk door with breakarch top - very similar to LCWAL 117 by Thomas Butterfield of London. This example also circa 1730. N.B. Walnut London clocks of this period, with penny moon features, are relatively rare. Case now restored. Dial and movement in restoration. Height 91.5" ( 232.5 cms. ).

Matthew Worgan of Bristol.

Matthew Worgan of Bristol, 12" breakarch brass dial with Adam & Eve automata to arch - two arms moving + snake curling around the Tree of Life ( driven by a contrate wheel ). Exceptional, 8 day, 3 train movement playing music on 10 bells and 18 hammers at 4 o'clock, 8 o'clock and 12 o'clock + hourly ( rack ) striking to a larger, single bell. Pull repeat for music and ( independent ) pull repeat for hourly strike. High quality deadbeat escapement. Tune selector - choice of Hymn or March. Typical "Bristol," long door, good quality, mahogany case with swan neck pediment having typical "Bristol style" fretted detail under. Just had a phonecall from the movement restorer of this clock - "Superb quality, a pleasure to work on." ( He's not easily impressed ). Further phonecall, a week later; - "This movement is of such "Best London" high quality that it was probably bought in from a top London maker and "finished" in Bristol.Please see the Eardley Norton movement p.175 British Longcase Clocks by Derek Roberts having very similar characteristics." Recorded - "Born 1725 son of Thomas Worgan of Bristol, Cutler". There were two Matthews - father and son.As this clock is circa 1775, the first year that Matthew II is recorded and there are clocks extant by him signed Matthew Worgan Jnr. ( Junior ) I feel this is most likely a clock by the father, Matthew I. Height 91.5" ( 232.5 cms. ) or 90.1" ( 229 cms. ) ex. finial. Now fully restored, tested, calibrated and awaiting photography. Impromptu pic's available.

John Warry of Bristol.

John Warry of Bristol, 12" breakarch painted dial with Adam & Eve automata to arch, "wavy Arabic" chapters, unusual punch decorated, lacquered brass hands, long door flame mahogany, typically " Bristol" case with swan neck pediment. N.B. There are two John Warry of Bristol clockmakers recorded, father and son. John I was born in 1783 and John II was apprenticed in 1830 - so this clock may be confidently attributed to John I as, dating by style, it's circa 1815. A very attractive, well cared for and original "Bristol" clock. Height 90" ( 228.5 cms. ) or 87.8" ( 223 cms. ) ex. finial. Now fully restored, tested, calibrated and awaiting photography. Impromptu pic's available.

Benjamin Cotton of Hurley.

Benjamin Cotton of Hurley ( also seen spelt Horley ), Buckinghamshire, 12" breakarch brass dial with "starry sky" moonphases to arch, flat top, long door, rare olive green chinoiserie lacquer case. N.B. Recorded "mid 18C, then to Great Marlow ( also ( in ) Buckingshamshire ) where died in 1763." The case of particularly good, small, neat,"compact" proportions and good warm colour. Boldly signed BENJAMIN COTTON HURLEY on "rainbow" applied below the finely matted dial centre.The silvered chapter ring with "floating" half hour markers, the moon "humps" finely engraved. Good quality, 4 pillar, 8 day movement with hourly rack striking and "tee" shaped frontplate for the moonwork. 82" ( 208 cms. ). Case now back from restoration - fantastic job. Very decorative. Extremely pleased. Movement and dial in queue, awaiting restoration. Impromptu pic's available.

Charles Howse of London.

Charles Howse of London, 12" breakarch brass dial with stike/silent to arch and high quality, 5 pillar movement.The classic, superior quality, "London" flame mahogany case with keystone centred "double breakarch" top, bridge top trunk door and typical "London" two step base, the lower, shaped.Height 93" ( 236.2 cms. ). Very similar to LCMAH 344 ( now sold ) but with slightly earlier, finely matted dial centre. N.B. Charles Howse was apprenticed in 1750 member of the Clockmakers Company 1761 - 1804 and Master of The Clockmakers Company in 1787.A very fine and well respected maker.This is a very fine, high quality clock. Case, dial and movement now fully restored. Now on test and calibration. Awaiting photography. Impromptu pic's available.

Henry Ellis of Lewes.

Henry Ellis of Lewes, ( East Sussex ), 12" breakarch engraved and silvered brass dial with well executed 3 train, 8 bell, quarter chiming movement and hourly ( rack ) striking.Typical "Lewes" long door mahogany case with breakarch top. N.B. Recorded Walwers Lane, Lewes, St. John sub Castro, ( Sussex ) a single date, in Poll Book , 1818. In the queue awaiting restoration.

Wm. Carter of London.

Wm. ( William ) Carter of London, 12" breakarch brass dial with rocking ship automaton to ( whole ) arch "The Royal Ann" engraved to "rainbow" over top of arch.Typical high quality long door, flame mahogany "London" case with breakarch top and two step base, the lower shaped. Height 85" ( 216 cms. ).A relatively small and compact size for a London clock of this period. High quality "London" clocks with either moonphases or automaton figures are quite rare. This example is of the "full arch" type, rather than the smaller, circular aperture, type. N.B. Several candidates in London at this period the most likely being recorded "Southwark mid 18C." Based on no more evidence than Southwark was a thriving dock area of London at the time and makers were commonly known to produce rocking ship automata. Now fully restored, on test/calibration and awaiting photography. Impromptu pic's available.

Benson of Whitehaven

Benson of Whitehaven, 13" breakarch brass dial with engraved and silvered dial centre, moonphases to arch and large cherubs head cast brass spandrels. Typical "Whitehaven," Chippendale influenced, high quality mahogany case with swan neck pediment and distinctive "returns" under the swan neck terminations. N.B. John Benson of Whitehaven ( Cumberland ) is recorded "married 1750.Belfast 1753 then Whitehaven again circa 1755.Died 1798." It is speculated that John Benson took the distinctive Whitehaven case design to Belfast where it was well received and adopted. There is a very fine mahogany longcase in the entrance hall of number 10, Downing Street, London, by this very respected maker - which may be glimpsed during the Number 10, Downing Street video clip tour. Case now restored. Dial and movement in queue awaiting restoration. Height 89" ( 226cms. ).

Peter Robertson of Perth.

Peter Robertson of Perth, 12" breakarch brass dial with moonphases to arch and High Water calibrations.Typical, delicately proportioned "Perth" flame mahogany high quality case with swan neck pediment. N.B. This maker ( so far ) unrecorded but dating by style circa 1770 would seem appropriate. There are several Robertson clockmakers recorded in Perth :- Andrew, Bridgend, Perth circa 1790. Daniel, Perth 1845 - 55. David, Perth 1837. James, Perth 1770. Patrick, Perth 1765. Robert, Perth 1825 - 37. Robert, Perth 1893. In queue awaiting restoration.

Simon de Charmes of London.

Simon de Charmes of London, 12" breakarch brass dial, beautifully executed MONTH going movement, flat top figured walnut case of excellent proportions with typical "London" two step base.Unusually, the case sides have really good "rippled walnut" veneers of the high quality, invariably saved for the front. Similar to LCWAL 117 by Thomas Butterfield of London but slightly earlier ( circa 1720 ) with flat top to trunk door.Excellent quality and proportions, as you would expect, from this well respected, early maker who is recorded "came from France circa 1685, made a Free Brother of the Clockmakers Company April 1691, Known to be in Clockmakers Company until 1730." His premises are recorded - "at the sign of the clock, the corner of Warwick Street, Charing Cross." Well known for his complicated watches - several of which are in museum collections, notably the Guildhall Museum. Now fully restored, tested, calibrated and awaiting photography. Impromptu pic's available.

James Green of London.

James Green of London ( Fenchurch Street ) is recorded apprenticed 1722, Clockmakers Company 1760 - 1804, Master of the Clockmakers Company 1784 ( about the time he made this clock ) in Philpot Lane 1787.Appointed by Act of 1761 to examine the world famous Harrison's timepiece.A classic, late 18C, London, long door, flame mahogany, 8 day, brass dial, longcase clock with brass capped, brass insert fluted hood columns and matching trunk quarter columns breakarch top, typical "London" two step base. 12” breakarch brass dial with strike/silent feature to arch, cast brass spandrels, raised, silvered chapter ring, finely matted dial centre, recessed silvered subsidiary seconds dial and conventional “square” date box.James Green London engraved to applied silvered nameplate below centre of dial. Blued cut steel hands, the minute, serpentine. Brass bound weights. "Double brass" pendulum bob. The high quality 8 day, 5 pillar movement with hourly ( rack ) striking. Height 82” ( 208.3 cms. ). N.B. Unusually SMALL for a "London" clock of this period. Now fully restored, tested and calibrated. Not yet photographed.