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Coates Of Wigan Oak Longcase Clock With Mock 30 Hour Movement

Coates Of Wigan Oak Longcase Clock

A very well made oak and mahogany crossbanded longcase clock by Archibald Coates of Wigan c1775

Archibald Coates of Wigan is recorded – ” Archibald Coates, was a prolific clockmaker working in Wigan, Lancashire, from 1759 or a little earlier, until his death there in 1797.” Also recorded ” Clock and watchmaker of repute” – “two watches and clock by him in Wigan museum.”

The figured oak and mahogany case is very heavy compared with contemporary cases and demonstrates the quality of this clock. The hood featuring fretwork panel, well carked swan neck and finely cut mahogany spindles. The trunk having no splits, dents or scrapes.

The cast brass dial featuring scrollwork spandrels and well silvered chapter ring has two “mock” winding holes to the centre and two “Mock” winding squares within. It was a feature asked for when you could not quite stretch to buying an eight day clock but wanted to “keep up with the Jones” and have a clock that looked the part.

The 30 hour movement is very well made and demonstrates the quality of the maker, The “mock” winding squares being firmly integrated within the movement plates. The clock has been fully overhauled by me personally and comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind.

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Tortoise Shell Striking Ormolu Clock C1880

Tortoise Shell Striking Ormolu Clock

 lovely French tortoise shell striking clock with Ormolu mounts and segmented porcelain dial.

The formed case having a few age related marks as would be expected with a clock that is over 150 years old is a most wonderful deep red/burgundy colour and is matched with the gilt ormolu mounts.

The striking movement has been fully overhauled and comes with a full guarantee for your peace of mind.

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H Marc Mahogany And Brass Fretwork Cased Mantle Clock

A really unusual and rare mahogany cased mantle clock with pierced fretwork panel to the front from H Marc. The silk sitting in a slot behind the brass work enables it to be changed easily for another colour.

The Blue and white porcelain dial is of a good quality as can be expected from H Marc and is set off against two gilt hands.

The striking movement has been fully overhauled and comes with a full three years guarantee.

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William Creak Stunning George II Burr Walnut Cross Banded And Herringbone Strung Longcase Clock By C1750 [SOLD]

William Creak Stunning George II Burr Walnut Cross Banded And Herringbone Strung Longcase Clock By  C1750

A beautifully made George II arch top longcase clock by William Creak (1746-1768) with cross banding and herringbone stringing to the hood and trunk.

The Burr Walnut case has aged beautifully and shows its intricate pattern well, the herringbone stringwork to the trunk has been executed to a very high standard and is complimented with the cross grain banding and moulded door edges.

The case has been sympathetically cleaned professionally and has had the silk replaced in the arched hood with a matching burgundy silk found during restoration.

The five knopped pillar movement had been well made and shows the quality of these early London clockmakers. The movement is free from poor repairs and bad handling evidenced by the lack of hammer marks, dents and scrapes usually found on poorly maintained clocks. The clock was in a very dirty and “sleepy” state when acquired and had obviously been kept safe and dry for a good number of years. I have carefully re-commissioned the movement personally and have ensured that the movement was repaired and overhauled using the highest of standards so that its “original” condition and finish is preserved. The clock comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind.

The cast brass plate dial with silvered chapter ring and subsidiary dial for the sweep second is well proportioned being framed with Urn and Dolphin Spandrels, The arch having an engraved boss detailing the makers name William Creak, London.

William Creak is listed as a “fine maker” and having operated from 1746 to 1768. His workshop was in the Royal Exchange on Cornhill within the square mile from 1754, Before then it I have found that he may have been in Bunhill, London as mentioned on a note within the case (See image). A verge pocket watch made by him is now in the Guildhall Museum, London and another Pocket watch by William in the V&A Museum London.

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A.D Mougin Painted Cartel Clock With Hand Painted Flowers And Silk Suspension

A.D Mougin Painted Cartel Clock With Hand Painted Flowers And Silk Suspension

A rare painted cartel clock with hand painted flowers, gilt ormolu and silk suspension by A.D Mougin (c1860)

The very original green painted case is in a most wonderful condition showing a few age related marks. The exquisitely hand painted flowers are completely original and have not been overpainted or restored in any way.
The outside countwheel movement with top mounted bell and silk suspended pendulum has been fully overhauled by me personally and comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind.

I have personally imported this clock from Vienna, Austria and it is a pleasure to offer this clock for sale from my personal collection.

A.D MOUGIN was a well known listed French clock maker who was located at Rue de Turenne 75 Paris in mid 19th century.
A.D Mougin is listed as working in Herimoncourt in the mid to late 19th century, which is in the Montbeliard region of France one of the main clock making areas.

Mougin is said to have exhibited clocks and as his trademark contains ‘Deux Medailles’ in which he won two medals at exhibitions.

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Restored George II Mahogany And Inlay Longcase Clock With Moonphase Dial, Date And Second Subsidiary Dials By Samuel Wright Of Northwich C1750 [SOLD]

Restored George II Mahogany And Inlay Longcase Clock With Moonphase Dial, Date And Second Subsidiary Dials By Samuel Wright

A lovely restored George 11 mahogany and inlay Longcase clock with Moonphase dial, date and second subsidiary dials by Samuel Wright of Northwich c1750.

The lovely mahogany case with satinwood stringing, brass reeded columns to the hood and trunk, and Inlayed star to the door is finished with an arched top hood with fretwork panel above the arch.

The knopped pillar movement has been fully overhauled by our Jessica Elliott who has now finished her full clockmaking apprenticeship with us. Jess is now a full member of the watch and clockmakers guild and will in due course apply to become a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. The clock has been restored to the highest of standards and comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind. Unusually, this clock features the moonphase actuating wheel being fixed to a hollow tubed bracket (cock) that fits over the escapewheel ( second hand) pivot, the second hand having a very long shaft so this it can fit down the tube onto the escapewheel arbor. This differing from the usual method of placing the wheel to one side on a steel stud. I am guessing that because of the very narrow clock plates there was not enough room to accommodate this method.

The carefully restored brass dial with silvered chapter rings and ringed winding holes is finished with a painted moonphase dial to the arch. I Have purposely tried to restore the dial sympathetically by retaining as much of the original finish as possible without making the dial look “brand new”.
Not much is written about Samuel Wright of Northwich, Cheshire apart from the recording of his death in 1757

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Model Winterhalder & Hoffmeier Quarter Chiming Rosewood And Ormolu Bracket Clock In The French Style C1890

Model Winterhalder & Hoffmeier Quarter Chiming Rosewood And Ormolu Bracket Clock In The French Style C1890

A very rare model Winterhalder & Hoffmeier Quarter chiming Rosewood and Ormolu Bracket clock in the French style c1890.

The stunning rosewood veneered case that is profusely embellished with gilt ormolu has a presence that has to be seen to be appreciated. The case has been carefully restored professionally and sets off the original silvered dial perfectly.

The quarter chiming movement has been fully restored/overhauled by me personally and comes with a full three year guarantee for your peace of mind.

This is a rare model that was produced in very small numbers and would be a good addition to any collection or as a centrepiece on its own.

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Tortoise Shell And Boulle Work French Clock With Early Large Arc Verge (crownwheel) Escapement By Isaac II Thuret (1630–1706)

Isaac II Thuret

A stunning late 17th century Tortoise shell and Boulle work French clock with early large arc verge (crownwheel) escapement by Isaac II Thuret (1630–1706), This unique example was made by one of France’s greatest clockmakers who was not only Clockmaker to the king but had had his workshops in the Louvre, this location allowed Isaac to have access to France’s greatest craftsmen of the time.

The case is almost certainly made by the famous Andre Charles Boulle (1642 – 1732) Christened by his contemporaries as “the most skillful artisan in Paris,” André-Charles Boulle’s name is synonymous with the practice of veneering furniture and clocks with marquetry of tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass. Although he did not invent the technique, Boulle was its greatest practitioner and lent his name to its common name: boulle work. Boulle also specialized in floral marquetry in both stained and naturally colored wood. Many of his designs are illustrated in a book of engravings published around 1720.

Before 1666 Boulle was awarded the title of master cabinetmaker; in 1672 the king granted him the royal privilege of lodging in the Palais du Louvre. In the same year, he achieved the title of cabinetmaker and sculptor to Louis XIV, king of France. This new title allowed him to produce furniture as well as works in gilt bronze such as chandeliers, wall lights, and mounts. Although strict guild rules usually prevented craftsmen from practicing two professions simultaneously, Boulle’s favored position allowed him protected status and exempted him from these statutes. It needs to be noted that this clock is over 300 years old and this fact alone demonstrates the sheer craftsmanship that skill these early makers had.

Isaac Thuret was one of the first French clockmakers to make pendulum clocks and held the royal appointment. His son Jacques III Thuret (1669–1738), was appointed clockmaker to Louis XIV of France in 1694. A perquisite of the royal appointment was the use of workshops in the Galeries du Louvre, where since the time of Henri IV, the outstanding artists, designers and craftsmen were granted workshop spaces, fostering cross-fertilisation among the arts. As one consequence there are numerous clocks by the Thuret dynasty in cases of rich tortoiseshell and brass marquetry designed by André Charles Boulle; This is one such remarkable clock by Isacc Thuret. Another similar clock by Jacques or his father is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another example, the Barometer Clock, is at the Frick Collection. There is also a clock by this maker in the royal collection.

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John Frodsham Brass Bound Rosewood Striking Bracket Clock

 John Frodsham Brass Bound Rosewood Striking Bracket Clock

A beautifully made regency period Brass Bound Rosewood bracket clockwork pull repeat by John Frodsham (1781 – 1849).

The stunning rosewood case having carefully selected veneers has been carefully cleaned to remove every bit of dust, grime and years of applied wax to reveal it’s original highly polished shellac finish, The case is fully brass bound and has no dents, scratches or careless marks to the case which is finished with its original fretwork and urn finial.

The well made five pillar movement having Frodsham Gracechurch Street London engraved onto the backplate. The movement has been fully overhauled by me personally and comes with a full three years guarantee to ensure piece of mind in your investment.

John Frodsham (1781-1849) was born in 1781 and is recorded as working as a watch and chronometer maker at 33 Gracechurch Street in London, moving there in 1825 having taken over from his father William Frodsham (1728-1805). John was made a liveryman of the worshipful company of clockmakers in 1830 and the firm became Frodsham and Sons in 1835. Because this clock is engraved simply “Frodsham” I would date this clock to the short window of 1825-1830.

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Month Duration, Queen Anne Book Leaf Figured Walnut Longcase by Roger Penton. C1690

Month duration queen anne longcase clock in walnut by roger penton

A stunning Queen Anne month duration, book leaf figured walnut longcase clock by Roger Penton. C1690

The stunning walnut case with fretwork panelled caddy top still retains its original wooden gilt finials. The Book leaf figured walnut veneer is simply stunning set within the “D” moulded door, and the matching figured walnut base finishes the case beautifully. I have carefully removed the years of dust, grime and soot from the case by hand using an age old technique that although is very labour intensive, retains the original shellac finish that has to be seen to fully appreciate. Over the incredible 330 years that this clock has been around it has received the odd repair as can be expected and I have not attempted to hide any of them.

The five latched knopped pillar movement has been beautifully made and the maker clearly knew what he was doing. The quality of the steel is excellent and hardened perfectly. Because of this the wear in the clock is minimal and this is demonstrated by the quiet, smooth action of the strike and the healthy action on the going train. The “latches” are perfectly finished to fit the pillars and because of the condition of the acquired clock I am assuming it has not been apart for some time because the movement was covered in years of dust/spiders and does not exhibit the usual hammer marks and poor handing dents so often seen on longcase clock movements that have been “serviced” by a poor quality repairer.

These early month duration longcase clocks are quite rare and certainly the matched book leaf figured walnut is a welcome change to the typical marquetry clocks.

This clock comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind in your investment and I will personally deliver and set up your clock upon purchase.

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Eardley Norton Precision Table Regulator C1794 [SOLD]

Eardley Norton Precision Table Regulator

A pristine precision table regulator with sweep calendar, Harrison maintaining power and deadbeat escapement by Eardley Norton c1794
Eardley Norton is listed as working at 49 St. John’s Street, Clerkenwell between 1762 and 1794. He was member of the Clockmakers’ Company being freed in 1762 an enjoyed a reputation as a very skilled clockmaker.

He is best known for making complex timepieces, sometimes with musical and astronomical movements for the export markets. This included Turkey and the Far East. The most notable of which may be his four dial astronomical clock, which he made to stand in the library of Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace, London).

In addition, there are clocks made by him in the Royal Collection. Numerous museums worldwide and some of the world’s finest collections including a bracket clock in the Virginia Museum, a very small cartel clock in the National Museum of Stockholm, a marine chronometer in the Ilbert Collection and an elaborate automaton clock with organ in the Palace Museum located in Peking.

Norton made an astronomical clock for George III which still stands in Buckingham Palace. On his death, his business was taken over by the partnership of Gravell and Tolkien. It is from this very late date that this clock was made and is probably his very last clock ever made.

The case and dial are without doubt from the Norton workshops and the very well made movement has all the hallmarks of an Eardley Norton clock. However it was probably “finished” by the Gravell and Tolkien partnership upon his death. As evidenced by the engraving on the back plate and the name on the dial.

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Matthias Bäuerle Quarter Chiming Bracket Clock

Matthias Bäuerle Quarter Chiming Bracket Clock

A lovely ebonised 18th century style quarter chiming bracket clock by Matthias Bäuerle c1900.

This quarter chiming clock playing a Westminster tune on four coiled gongs and striking the hour on a further gong. The ebonised case is in a most lovely condition having a full length fretwork panel to the sides, cast brass caryatids and a brass handle to the bell top.

The case has received a careful clean to remove all the years of dust, grime and soot to reveal its original finish. The silvered dial with silent/strike subsidiary dial has been sympathetically restored to enhance the overall appearance and functionality.

The good quality three-train movement has been fully overhauled and polished by me personally and comes with a full three years guarantee for your piece of mind.

Peerless was a trademark used by Matthias Bäuerle GmbH of St. Georgen, Germany.

As the name suggests, “Peerless” was only used on their highest grade stock movements.

Like some French “Clock Makers”, M. Bäuerle was more a movements supplier than a maker of complete clocks. They sent movements to case makers in Germany (of course), as well as to the US and Great Britain.
So…as with many French Clocks, Peerless Clocks can be very unique in that they do not conform to well known catalogued models of the large clock manufacturing companies.

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E Maurice & Co Cloisonné And Gilt French Table Clock [SOLD]

A stunning Cloisonne French table clock of small proportions with fully compensated lever platform escapement by E Maurice and Co (c1880)
The Highly polished brass case with Cloisonne to the top and columns has been polished using an age old technique using chalk and although labour intensive gives a finish that cannot be replicated using modern cutting compounds. The glazed sides allowing the owner to view the beautifully restored movement.

The silvered dial mask having a few age-related marks does not detract from the overall beauty of this clock has been left as original.

The highly polished movement has been fully overhauled by me personally and comes with a full three year guarantee for your peace of mind.
E Maurice and Co are recorded as working at Rue Charlot 75, Paris and showed carriage clocks at the 1889 Paris exhibition. They used Ernest Pitcher and Co, London as their sole importers into the UK and it is certainly this company who bought this clock into the UK in the late 1800,s

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Porcelain Panel Carriage Clock By Maurice And Co

Porcelain Panel Carriage Clock

A beautifully made porcelain panel carriage clock by Maurice and Co. No 455

The hand finished porcelain panels are fault free and depict a rural scene with various birds set within.

The half hour striking movement with repeat function is clearly marked EM and Co for Morris and Co and has been fully overhauled by me personally and come with a full three year guarantee for your peace of mind.

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Romania Grand Sonnerie Vienna

King of Romania gift to his priminister grand sonnerie vienna

This triple weight grand Sonnerie striking “Vienna” clock was a gift from King Carol 1 of Romania to his Prime minister Tache Ionescu in the winter of 1900.

The solid walnut case has been intricately carved by hand and was probably made in Romania due to the style of the carving. The carved and pierced columns to the door are unusually made from one solid piece and must have been difficult to manufacture without making a mistake. The top of the case is carved on all surfaces with repeating symmetrical patterns and carries the initials T and C. The “T” representing Tache Ionescu and the stylised “C” for King Carol 1. The “C” has been carved in a style that is identical to King Carol’s emblem with a ball and cup to the centre of the curve.

The clock has been stained in a dark mahogany colour so typical of Romanian furniture of the time and is finished with handmade finials.
The Austrian Grand Sonnerie striking movement has been very well made and features maintaining power and a intricately made pendulum crutch. The perfectly white porcelain dial has a name that is now unfortunately unreadable due to wear and rubbing.

Along with the clock, there is a picture framed certificate from King Carol 1 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chancellor of Orders, numbered 2448 that details the appointment of Tache Ionescu becoming a member of the order of the crown of Romania in the rank of knight. Alongside this award is the actual Knight’s Medal awarded to him with a photograph of Tache Ionescu with his daughters and a separate picture of the King. As part of the provenance, there is a hand written text at the bottom of the picture from a direct family descendant that details the name of the person I acquired the clock from.

Tache Ionescu was a conservative and is recognised as having stopped the Balkan War from entering Romania. Take or Tache Ionescu (Romanian pronunciation: [‘take jo’nesku]; born Dumitru Ghi?a Ioan and also known as Demetriu G. Ionnescu; October 25 [O.S. October 13] 1858 – 21 June 1922) was a Romanian centrist politician, journalist, lawyer and diplomat, who also enjoyed reputation as a short story author. Starting his political career as a radical member of the National Liberal Party (PNL), he joined the Conservative Party in 1891, and became noted as a social conservative expressing support for several progressive and nationalist tenets. Ionescu is generally viewed as embodying the rise of middle-class politics inside the early 20th century Kingdom of Romania (occasionally described as Takism), and, throughout the period, promoted a project of Balkan alliances while calling for measures to incorporate the Romanian-inhabited Austro-Hungarian regions of Transylvania, Banat and Bukovina. Representing his own faction inside the Conservative Party, he clashed with the group’s leadership in 1907–1908, and consequently created and led his own Conservative-Democratic Party.

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