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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

George Woolley of Bristol.

George Woollley of Bristol.Recorded born 1797 in High Wycombe ( Buckinghamshire ) became a Bristol Burgess in 1830, was at 25, Broadmead 1820 - 71.This example has a 13" breakarch painted dial with ROCKING SHIP AUTOMATON to arch.Typical "Bristol," mid 19C, short door, good quality, mahogany case.The 8 day movement with hourly rack striking. Case now restored - dial not requiring restoration, movement in queue awaiting restoration.

John Lacy of Portsmouth.

John Lacy of Portsmouth ( Hampshire ).Recorded "late 18C".12" breakarch brass dial with "starry sky"MOONPHASES to arch.Good quality 8 day movement with hourly rack striking. Well proportioned, long door, plain mahogany case with breakarch top. Height 81" ( 206 cms. ). Good, neat size and proportions. Case, dial and movement all in queues awaiting restoration.

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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 highly unusual VERTICAL"FLY" feature to both hourly ( rack ) striking and quarter ( countwheel ) chiming trains to govern speed and make the mechanism whisper quiet. A short video clip of the quarter chiming and hourly striking - taken with the dial off and the movement on test, is available on request. 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 by this maker - also with MOONPHASES and 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.I reckon my example much nicer and in far better condition. This is an excellent specimen which ( also ) should be in a museum. Impromptu pic's ( unrestored ) are available on request. N.B. A short VIDEO CLIP of the ( rare ) vertical fly features governing speed of quarter chime and hourly strike is available on request. Now fully restored, tested, calibrated and awaiting photography.

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. Now fully restored, tested, calibrated and awaiting photography.

Samuel Pearse of Axminster.

Samuel Pearce of Axminster ( Devon ).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.

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.