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Lantern Clock | Clock of the week

We’re back off hiatus! In this weeks post we have a Stunning 17th Century Lantern Clock. This clock features professionally fitted movement by Richard Farmer c1688.


This clock has an amazingly untouched original case and dial by one of the earliest clockmakers. Richard farmer c1688 of Abingdon. The original clock would have been a thirty hour rope wind wall hanging clock with a striking function. The original fixing holes where the spikes wound have been are still present. The holes for the verge escapement, bars and ropes are still present and have not been filled or tampered with. 
the beautifully preserved case still retains its original cast brass doors, frets, finials, bell, bell frame, dialplate and dial.


During the second part of the 19th century when this clock was at least 200 years old, it was quite common to take these worn out “old” clocks and have the thirty hour movement replaced. Usually with a good quality 8 day movement. This was quite an expensive task to undertake and demonstrates the desire to retain family heirlooms within the family. 


This particular movement is of horological interest in its own right being a very early Winterhalder and Hoffmier movement. This movement is numbered 1502 and still retains the first W&H stamps featuring the details D.R.PATENT. I am assuming that it should be R.D for registered design instead of D.R and because of a lack of Registered number or Patent number the design was probably in the process of being approved.

The lantern clock movement is very different from the standard W&H movement by means of a high leaf count pinions. These enable a very short pendulum to be used and the lever work has been professionally altered to ensure that the original Bell can be incorporated into the quarter striking “ting Tang” pattern. The clock plates do not have any extra or spare holes. Nor does it have any spare studs or levers. This suggests that this is a purpose build clock and has not been an altered bracket clock movement. 


It is stated elsewhere that the work carried out to these clocks was not to deceive but to improve. Large sums of money were paid to have these conversions carried out. Which meant that the clock ran for eight days instead of the usual 12 to 24 hours. The timekeeping was vastly more accurate and the clock did not have to be hung high on a wall because of the ropes and weights but could be placed on a table.


This is a good opportunity to purchase a piece of our horological history that is over 340 years old and has a good story to tell about its treatment over three centuries. The clock case is very original and it would be a perfect base if you wished to have the clock returned back to a thirty hour clock, however the replacement movement that is itself at least over 150 years old can be seen as an antique in its own right being a very early bespoke movement from a good maker. 

Purchase this clock for yourself here

17th century lantern clock.
Adrian

Contact the new shop: Update

The new shop now has working phone lines! However, if you have a query you can still contact us via email by sending it to overtonclocks@gmail.com.

For those who would prefer a more direct approach our phonelines are back up to contact us on the number as always is 01246 204978.

Thank you for your patience whilst we sort out everyhting at our new location.

Adrian

Contacting the New Shop.

We’re finally in the new shop now and everything is settling down. unfortunatly we have encountered one or two issues that should be sorted soon, however this will not effect operation and we are now open as normal.

Whilst our phone number for the shop hasnt changed, our phone line has not quite been set up, because of this you will be unable to contact the shop via phone. So in the meantime, you can contact us via email on overtonclocks@gmail.com or contact on our Facebook page @overtonclocks. Thank you for your patience. Our phone line will be back up as soon as possible.

Adrian

Petit Sonnierie Carriage clock| Tick Tock Thursday

This week is all about complicated carriage clocks, this particular model is quite rare in it being a selectable Grand Sonnierie/Petit Sonnierie striking carriage clock with three dial calendar works. As you can see, the photos are a before picture before we complete a full overhaul of the movement and case for a customer. The fully engraved Gorge case has been sent off for re-gilding while we totally dismantle, repair and polish the unusual movement.

As detailed in the photo, This petit sonnierie features two names on it firstly, down the side it says “13600. Le Roy et Fils. 13 Et 15. Palais-Royal. Paris.”. Also, On the back plate the Drocourt stamp can clearly be seen although it looks slightly smudged. It is almost certain that this clock was manufactured by Drocourt (his number 23400) and also retailed by Le Roy. We will be polishing this clock using an age old tradition of using Chalk. It gives a finish that cannot be replicated using modern products.

Petit Sonnierie carriage clock mechanism and face
petit sonnierie carriage clock face rectangular in shape
movement for the petit sonnierie clock
movement for the petit sonnierie clock
movement for the clock

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Adrian

Grand Sonniere Striking Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

Its Tick Tock Thursday and this week has seen us fully restore an early Grand Sonniere Striking Austrian clock from the Bedermeier period. This particular clock did look very sorry for itself with worn case, missing mother of pearl and very worn movement. Dating from around c1820. Grand Sonniere clocks whilst short in duration clocks were prized for there fine complicated movements. The case has been repaired and re-ebonized, the delicate mother of pearl has also been cleaned and replaced where needed. These early clocks are not to be confused with the later mass produced models as these are totally hand made. The miniature movement is rammed with wheels and levers therefore there isn’t much room for everything to work as it should! This clock also features a pull repeat and also an ingenious “silence” lever hidden in the dial surround. It is now for sale! Interested?

grand sonniere striking clock. a black clock with pillars holding up the clock face from both sides. a pendulum dangles below the middle of the clock face
Movement in place
sonniere clock movement on base of clock
empty clock face hole
Grand sonniere clock face

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Adrian

Charles Frodsham Regulator | Tick Tock Thursday

This weeks horological shenanigans has seen us start the full restoration of a rare Charles Frodsham precision wall mounted regulator number 835. The 10-inch silvered dial signed Chas Frodsham, London, 835. With strike/silent lever at XII, the substantial fusee and chain movement with six turned tapered pillars, dead beat escapement with jewelled pallets, maintaining power, high count trains and rack striking on a coiled gong. The backplate signed Chas Frodsham, 84 Strand. The second beat steel flask mercury pendulum is beautifully made. Along with the case with flat top moulded cornice, the glazed trunk door with fluted and scroll-carved sides. The interior with a silvered beat plaque signed Charles Frodsham Clock Maker to the Queen. The moulded base with a scroll-carved corbel
157.5cm. 5ft. 2in.

top of the regulator,
bottom half of the regulator
charles frodsham engraving
Charles Frodsham regulator face

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Adrian

Month Going Clocks | Tick Tock Thursday

This week has been really busy! Apart from painting the forth bridge (the new shop!) It’s been a week of month going clocks. The first is a very rare Grande Sonnerie quarter chiming Biedermeier Vienna clock that last for a whole month on one wind! The case is a standard 4ft case with a 70cm drop for the weights. With clocks of this finesse, the attention to detail for the repairer has to be second to none. The amount of power available on a standard Vienna is small. On a month going clock it is simply minuscule! Every pivot, pinion, bush, wheel tooth and pallet face has to be perfect. Any tiny imperfection and they stop! To add to this, this clock has to perform just under 26000 hammer strikes per wind in 70cm of fall.. As you can imagine. These clocks can be… Tricky to say the least.


The second clock is a stunning late 17th century Month going long case clock by Micheal Bird. Dating from around c1685 this clock is old! As well as being 340 years old, these very early month going long case clocks need just as much attention as the complicated Vienna. The brass is fatigued in places and the tooth form is not always perfect so again, every surface, lever and bearing has to perfect to allow this clock to run on its limited power. As you can see from the pictures.. The weight is quite large.. But not too much bigger than a standard long case weight. When testing these early clocks… I find it useful to test each side first. That way when the clock is together fault finding can be efficient without too many red herrings

Clock Face
Clock gears
Month going long case weight
Vienna Month going clock

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Adrian

Memories and the Move | Tick Tock Thursday

As we start to dismantle the old workshop for our move. It has prompted a few memories of how we have changed over the years. Here are a few of my favourite images of our lovely little traditional clock shop. It’s going to be hard. But if I can replicate a small bit of this character into our new premises. I will be happy. I want a shop that invites you to simply sit down in one of our comfy chairs. To enjoy the simple pleasure of listening to a sound that is only found here. enjoy!

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Harrison Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

This week I will need your help. We have receive a possibly important clock and need a collective thought on what it is. The name Harrison always conjures up imaginations on the famous longitude trials and although this clock has the name William Harrison on both the beautifully made porcelain dial and also engraved on the back plate. I am very sceptical that this clock was made by John Harrison’s son.

What we do have though is a very high quality clock. Both in case manufacture and in movement design. The mahogany case had fine ebony inlay and brass cast artwork panels to the sides and rear door. The glazed engraved bezel has a “mock” hinge to balance it out and at the base a separate well fitted door that reveals the large half second beat pendulum. The five pillar arched movement is substantial to say the least with Harrison maintaining power, deadbeat escapement, five spoke wheels and rollers on the hammer that strikes two bells at the same time. The skeltonised snail and rack are lovely… but… Wm Harrison is not listed in Walworth! Answers on a postcard

Suspisious Harrison clock case from the rear. it is bullet shaped with mahogany wood and a red and gold detailing
a clock mechanism
A clock panel with the words WM HARRISON engraved on it

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Adrian

Moving to a new larger shop

A big announcement, due to continued growth we are now in the process of moving to a new larger shop and workshop. Our new shop is on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield. It features two ground floor showrooms and a further two floors that will be dedicated to clock repair and restoration. There is free car parking outside and for those travelling a bit further and wanting a day out, Chatsworth House, Bakewell and the Peak District is just down the road. To allow a smooth and organised transition whilst moving, we will be operating a shorter day at the old shop while we transfer over.

If you want to come outside these hours we will be available but you will need to make an appointment. Our temporary opening times will be Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 2pm. We aim to be open in the new shop by the end of June. As you can see from the photos, painting has started and we are waiting for the external sign to arrive…Exciting times! 

An old shop. the shop we are moving to
Inside the shop we are moving to, grey walls and a small radiator with what appears to be a laminate floor

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Tiffany Bracket Clock From Ireland | Tick Tock Thursday

This week we are in happy Dublin collecting a rather lovely and rare bracket clock by the top retailer Tiffany! This particular clock is stamped Tiffany on the movement and is numbered 393. The well made quarter striking clock has a most unusual dial featuring cherubs in the arch and an altogether Art Nouveau feel about it. As you can see. you cannot go to Dublin without sampling a local medicinal brew.

Tiffany Bracket clock
Tiffany Bracket Clock Movement
A pint of Guinness in a Bar

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John Everell Bracket Clock| Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us start the restoration on a lovely early 18th century ebonised bracket clock with “silent pull” by John Everell. The case is a wonderfully small in size being 15″ high with the handle down. The natural ageing and patina is simply lovely. We intend to gently clean and wax the case to preserve this finish. The 6″ dial is framed with “flower” spandrels which date this clock to around c1745.

The makers name is engraved in the top arch. John Everell traded from “By the new church” The Strand London from c1730 to c1760. The highly engraved five knopped pillar movement with depictions of birds and scrolls has a verge escapement and a pull mechanism that rings the hours and quarter hours on two bells. As you can see from the photos, the plates have been polished using chalk and look brilliant! The next couple of days should see the rest of the clock repaired and polished.

John Everell Bracket clock, with a gold handle and spandrels. the face of the clock is white and the case is black
John Everell Bracket clock, with a gold handle and spandrels. the face of the clock is white and the case is black
John Everell Bracket clock, with a gold handle and spandrels. the face of the clock is white and the case is black

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Adrian

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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Adrian

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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Adrian