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Sonniere Carriage Clock |Tick Tock Thursday

This week we have been working our way into a very complicated Grand Sonniere carriage clock with three subsidiary dials for day, date and month. The clock has a lever that protrudes under the base to select Petit Sonniere, Grand Sonniere and silent. Grand Sonniere means that the clock strikes the hour on one gong (ding) and the quarter hour on two gongs (as in ding-dong) .. every quarter of an hour! i.e…. at half past three, it will strike.. ding-dong, ding-dong for half past.. then ding, ding, ding for three o’clock.. simples.

On another note, we will be shut tomorrow and Saturday while I travel to Switzerland. Apart from the obvious clock theme, we will be a attempting to climb the north face of the Eiger! Well, to be truthful, we will be travelling on the Junfraujoch railway to the highest station in Europe which happens to be on the top of the tallest mountain in Europe! But I will be “climbing” onto the train. We reopen Tuesday as normal.

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Table Regulator – 18th century | Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us restore a very fine and rare precision table regulator of French manufacture. Dating from the Charles X period (1824 – 1830), This piece is in outstanding condition.

The case of this table regulator is veneered in exotic Bubinga and inlaid with contrasting Box Wood. Overall it produces a wonderful case which is glazed on all sides. The front and rear glasses being accessed by removing the pegged top and sliding the glass out. It has been constructed to minimise the ingress of dirt and dust.

The finely made and complicated 14 day duration movement is signed Nicole Paris and has a very large visible escape wheel with dead beat escapement mounted outside the back plate . There is micro adjustment for the beat adjustment. The size of the escapement allows the half second beat pendulum to allow the sweep second hand to rotate once in 60 seconds. The good quality pendulum has nine rod gridiron compensation.

The 4 3/4 inch silvered brass dial unusually displays day and date subsidiary calendar dials and is retained in a finely cast bezel of 6 1/4 inches in diameter which retains all of its original gilding. 

Please don’t confuse this hand made precision clock with the factory made mass produced items sold later in the Century. I doubt that this particular type clock was replicated.

It is 24 inches tall , 12 1/2 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches deep at the base.

Table regulator. a dark wood with an orange edge highlight, gold face rim and god pendulum, the face of the clock itself is silver in colour.

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Holiday / Closing for Easter

It’s “time” for a well earned holiday.. we will be shut for this week so that we can recharge our springs and oil the old bearings with a few beers! We will reopen after the Easter weekend.. in the meantime, here are a few pics of a lovely rare painted dial long case that has been painted by a company called Kempson and Felton. They only traded for three years from 1812 to 1815. These early dials are very rare with their depictions of the four corners of the known world. Enjoy! Catch up soon. 

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Clock of Week – Johnson Of Chesterfield Long Case Clock With Painted Dial

This weeks clock of the week is a Johnson Of Chesterfield long case Clock. A lovely provincial eight day oak long case clock with cross banding and inlaid leaves and shells by Timothy Johnson of Chesterfield.
Its not often we have a provincial clock in such a lovely condition. The light oak case with inlaid features of cross banding, leaves and shells stands well against the “phase 2” dial with Arabic numerals and delicately painted floral arrangement to the arch. The gilt paint corner spandrels match the colour of the case beautifully and has to be seen to fully appreciate the clock.
The four pillar movement with knopped pillars and rack striking mechanism is currently under restoration and will come with a full guarantee for peace of mind in your investment. 

Buy it here before its sold!

A large oaken long case clock by Johnson of Chesterfield
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Soldano Carriage Clock |Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us fully overhaul and restore a stunning striking carriage clock by the maker Soldano. The faultless gilt case has an engine turned silvered dial with perfect white porcelain dial. The case is enhanced by copper gilt Corinthian columns and milled slices to the top and bottom. Soldano was commended on his cases during his life. During the overhaul, I polished the movement using an age old technique using chalk and this gives the brass a shine and colour that is only achieved using this method. Although very Labour intensive it is worth the effort! As you can see from the video.

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Bird box C1930| Clock of the week

An exquisite singing bird box by Bontems c1930.
This singing bird has been housed in a lovely silver box in the shape of a caddy with unusual “claw” feet. the majority of these boxes that I have come across have been a simple square box with flat bottom, the curved sides decorated with numerous Putti. the base is engine turned and the top having a diamond shape pattern along with the decorated door. The original “bird” shape key is present. 
The silver gilt mask which is visible when opened is in a lovely original condition and gleams in the sunlight with moved.
The brass movement has been fully overhauled my me personally and the original bellows are in a very good condition. The bird moves swiftly and sharply as intended by the manufacturer and the song is crisp and clear

Silver bird box

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However, we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

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Singing Bird box |Tick Tock Thursday

This singing bird box has flown in all the way from Zurich in Switzerland. And the little birdie told me hes here for a thorough clean and restoration. As you can see, his little feathers are a bit scruffy. Also, he doesn’t quite bob up and down as he should. Apart from that, he is a chirpy little fella and is really looking forward a good bath! He even has a bird shaped key! When he has been returned back to his full glory, he will be for sale.

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