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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

Nathaniel Brown of Manchester

Nathaniel Brown of Manchester.A very high quality, long door, brass dial longcase clock with moonphases, and quarter chiming movement. The superior quality "Lancashire Chippendale" case with well chosen book matched veneers of good colour and patination.Many fine quality "extra" details. Bought privately, in well looked after condition and working order, from "a good house" and said to have been in the same wealthy family since new with many years standing in the foyer of a private bank. N.B. Nathaniel Brown was a well respected maker who flourished in late 18C Manchester. Please see frontispiece and figs. 7.39 and 7.40 in "Greater Manchester Clocks and Clockmakers" by Edmund Davies for an excellent example of his work - also supplied by me - though not as complicated and fine as this one. Interesting and unusual features include two VERTICAL "fly" speed of striking and quarter chiming governors and well executed linkage between the quarter chiming ( countwheel ) and hourly ( rack ) striking mechanisms. Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) available on request.

Nathaniel Brown of Manchester

Nathaniel Brown of Manchester ( Lancashire ).A very high quality, long door, brass dial longcase clock with moonphases, and quarter chiming movement. The superior quality case with many "extra details," the well chosen book matched veneers of good colour and patination producing a "fountain" effect to the trunk door. Bought privately, working, in well looked after condition, from "a good house," said to have been in the same wealthy family from new and ( allegedly ) to have graced the foyer of their private bank. The beautifully executed, 8 day, 5 pillar movement with quarter chiming on 6 bells and unusual vertical "fly" feature to both hourly ( rack ) striking and quarter ( countwheel ) chiming trains to govern speed. N.B. Nathaniel Brown was a well respected maker who flourished in late 18C Manchester.He died in 1800. Please see frontispiece and figs. 7.39 and 7.40 in "Greater Manchester Clocks and Clockmakers" by Edmund Davies for an excellent example of his work - also supplied by me, though not as complicated and fine as this one. This clock circa 1775. There is a very similar example - also with moonphases and a quarter chiming movement, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and also dated to circa 1775. The cases, although not identical, share stylistic and constructional details so were undoubtedly by the same, very accomplished, case maker. Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) are available on request.

Marsh of Highworth

Marsh of Highworth ( North Wiltshire ).A very good, well proportioned, long door, brass dial, 8 day, oak longcase clock with caddy top circa 1726.The high quality movement with 5 pillars and hourly ( rack ) striking. The oak case of good proportions, colour and patination. N.B. There are 3 Marsh of Highworth clockmakers recorded, Humphrey 1663 - 1717, Ono his son 1696 - 1732 and Jane the widow of Ono who continued the business "with a good workman from London ( John Cannon ) who has worked with and for the said Ono Marsh these eleven years....." This example, dating by style, will be by Ono who was married in 1726 - around the time he made this clock. N.B. Ono was the nickname of JOHN Marsh and by which he was known.His wedding register records him as John. Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) are available on request.

Henry Wilkes of Wotton.

Henry Wilkes of Wotton Under Edge. 13" Breakarch Finnemore painted dial with rocking swan automaton ( whole swan moving - not just the neck ) to arch and colourful 'overblown rose' flower painted corner spandrels.Matching subsidiary seconds and date dials with punch decorated and lacquered brass hands. Good quality, 8 day, 4 pillar movement with hourly ( rack ) striking. The typically "Westcountry" short door, mahogany case with cast brass finial centred swan neck pediment and simple strip plinth base. Height 87" ( 221 cms. ). Henry Wilkes of Wotton Under Edge ( Glos. ) is recorded ( 1820 ) in "The Gloucestershire Directory" - which is about the date that he made this clock. The dialmaker, Finnemore of Birmingham, is most likely William (1) and this dial made when he was at 4, Edmund Street, ( opposite the Crown Inn ) Birmingham ( 1815 - 1840 ) so one of his earlier examples. Case now restored, dial now restored, movement in restoration. Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) available on request.

Samuel Pearse of Axminster.

Samuel Pearce of Axminster.12" square engraved and silvered brass dial with subsidiary seconds dial, "sad mouth" date lunette and cut steel Lozenge hands.Signed Samuel Pearse Axminster to dial centre. Good quality, 8 day, 4 pillar movement with hourly ( rack ) striking. The SMALL, neat, flat top, typically "Westcountry", oak case, with "pillars attached" hood door plus mahogany crossbanding and details.Height 74.5" ( 189.3 cms. ). Very similar to LCOAK 310 ( now sold ) except that this example has shallow bracket feet rather than a simple strip plinth making it slightly taller. Case now restored, dial and movement queued awaiting restoration. Good SMALL size.

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.This is an extremely early, pretty painted dial. For a very similar dial,likely by the same dialmaker, please see illustration on p.221 in British Longcase Clocks by Derek Roberts - also by Robert Welsh of Dalkeith, dated to circa 1780 - though not as good as this one ! Blued, cut steel hands. The slender, delicately proportioned, long door, typically "Edinburgh" mahogany case with cast brass finial centred 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 now restored. Dial and movement in queue awaiting restoration. Height 83" ( 211 cms. ). Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) available on request.

Henry Ellis of Lewes.

Henry Ellis of Lewes, ( East Sussex ). 12" breakarch engraved and silvered brass dial with substantial, well executed, 5 pillar, 3 train, 8 bell, QUARTER CHIMING MOVEMENT plus hourly ( rack ) striking.Typical "Lewes" long door mahogany case with breakarch top and side windows to hood.. N.B. Recorded Walwers Lane, Lewes, St. John sub Castro, ( Sussex ) a single date, in Poll Book , 1818. Signed in flowing script - Henry Ellis Lewis ( old/alternative spelling ? ) to large oval reserve in the arch. Height 84" ( 213.5 cms ). In the queue awaiting restoration. Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) available on request.