This week’s horological shenanigans has seen us start the restoration of a lovely mid 18th century clock by the eminent Nathaniel Styles of London. Nathaniel was recorded as working from Wood Street, Cheapside London. Nathaniel Styles became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1725. He finally retired in 1773 making his career well over 50 years including the training and experience needed to become free. This particular clock is particularly rare in the fact that it is certainly a “base” model. ( the 1980s Ford Fiesta 950 of its day. ) the clock is simply a timepiece without any striking or alarmwork. It has a very simple case without any frills including side frets, fancy handles or glazed rear door. The case is a beautiful deep mahogany that has never been “ebonised”. If it had, his would have added to the cost.
This type of clock would have easily been thrown away after it was worn out sometime in the 1800s. Just like the 1930’s mantle clocks are at the moment. You simply could not have given them away. This clock has obviously been stored away in a dry attic somewhere for 100 years. Now its on my bench. The first steps to restoring the clock was to carefully remove years of dust and grime that had built up on the case.
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