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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. 

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17th century lantern clock.
Johnson of Chesterfield longcase clock face close up

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. 

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A large oaken long case clock by Johnson of Chesterfield
Silver bird box

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.

Barrauds Mahogany bracket clock

Barrauds Mahogany Bracket Clock| Clock of the week

A beautifully well proportioned Georgian Deep Mahogany Striking Bracket Clock by Barrauds of London is our feature piece this week.
The Barrauds family were prolific Clock & Watchmakers, particularly specialising in Chronometers. Paul Philip Barraud was Master of Clockmakers Company in 1810 & 1811. He partnered Howells & Jamison in the late 18th century to make Mudges Timekeepers. He died in 1820, his two sons continued the business into the late 19th century.

The mahogany case is in a most lovely original condition having a brass binding to the base and very heavy gilt brass Corinthian columns to the four corners, each corner finished with a gilt brass finial. The pagoda type top features a finely cut fret panel to all four sides and again has a matching finial to the top. Two heavy brass handles adorn the sides and set the clock off nice against the unusual gilt brass sound frets.

This is an impressive clock and stands well giving it a presence and elegance you only get with Georgian clocks of this age. The painted dial bearing the name Barrauds, Cornhill, London is of a style that only lasted a few years and Brian Loomes called this era period two, Having Arabic numerals to the chapter ring and the family name of Barrauds only dates this clock to somewhere around 1800 – 1813.

The very well made five pillar fully engraved movement features a strike/silence and a date ring along with an anchor escapement. This clock was originally a crownwheel (verge) escapement clock but looking at the wear in the wheels and pinions, it was converted to Anchor escapement sometime in the late 19th century. This type of conversion was quite normal when the owner was wanting a clock with a more accurate and stable timekeeping characteristic and this conversion was done to a very high standard using very well made components.

I did contemplate “re-converting” the clock back to a crownwheel clock but have decided to keep it as intended by its former owner, because of the age of the conversion and the fact that it is part of this clocks history.
The clock also features a pull repeat function ( the cord has not been fitted in the photo) and the cord colour and bead can be chosen by you. The movement has been totally overhauled by me personally and has been restored to its original condition to match the condition of the case.


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.

Nathaniel Style bracket clock

Nathaniel Style Bracket Clock| Clock of the Week

This week well proportioned George II inverted bell top mahogany bracket clock by the 18th century maker Nathaniel Style. This clock has received the most careful of restorations to retain its original shellac finish which is in an amazing original condition and its original winding key.

It is not very often that a completely original base model clock appears in such amazing condition. When acquired by us, this clock was covered in many layers of grime and dust having spent at least 100 years in a dry attic of a large house. I have included a couple of photographs of the case being carefully cleaned to reveal its totally original finish. I have done this to demonstrate that we have not re-polished this clock in any way. The very well made case is veneered in a good quality mahogany and with it being a base model it is devoid of any brass frills and fussiness and has a simple wooden fret to the two top corners of the front door and a substantial brass handle to the top. The rear door has been made far more substantially than is required and still has the case makers chisel marks that have been let in to allow the pendulum the swing freely. I cannot express how lovely this clock is and has to be seen to be believed.

The timepiece movement has a crown wheel (verge) escapement and has its original suspension holding the “free” pendulum. This type of escapement was a transition between the rigid knife edge type crown wheel escapement where the pendulum is directly connected to the pallet arbour and the anchor escapement with its separately suspended pendulum and reduced pendulum arc. This escapement has a large pendulum arc and this is demonstrated by the mock pendulum during operation but the maker is clearly trying to experiment with the new technological developments that were coming into horology. The movement has been totally overhauled by me and is in as original condition as I can get it without removing any of its past history.

It is very rare that these timepiece clocks survived beyond the 19th century because they were in essence a base model without any frill, striking mechanisms or alarm work. They simply told the time and as is the case with “modern” 1950s mantle clocks of today, these basic clocks were mistreated and thrown away when worn out due to the cost of repairing them.

This clock has somehow managed to be carefully stored away when it finally became surplus to requirements or the cost of repair outweighed the value of the clock and stayed there for many years! The patina and simple elegance of this clock has to be seen to be fully appreciated and I believe it would be a very good addition to a valued collection or someone with an eye for Georgian style.

Nathaniel Style is recorded as working at Wood Street, Cheapside, London becoming free of the Clock makers Company in 1725 and retiring in 1773.
With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces.

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.

A double fusee painted bracket clock with many religious style paintings around the dial

Double Fusee Painted Bracket Clock | Clock of the Week

This weeks stunning clock of the week is a very rare Painted double fusee strike/pull repeat Bracket Clock with early Gesso and finely painted dial. Knife edge crownwheel (verge) escapement and beautifully engraved backplate. The Back plate bearing the name Taylor London. There is a name on the dial and it could be Samuel Taylor, London. I will confirm this in due course.

Here at Overton Clocks we pride ourselves in offering unusual and rare clocks and this one is both. This clock dates from around c1770 and during this period the styles and designs of the bracket clock was at its most diverse. Deryck Roberts describes this period as the “confusion of styles”. We had bell top, inverted bell top, arch dial, full arch dial and variations based on influences of the grand tours. There was also the increasing styles and competition coming over from France and Germany as well.

This particular clock is the very essence of the period. The well made mahogany case with its exaggerated bell top and glazed panels to the side and rear door is completely covered in a “Faux Tortoiseshell” painted effect with gilt pin striping around the edges and delicately painted gilt scrollwork to the corners. The condition of this clock is simply stunning! It is totally original and untouched in anyway and it has taken 250 years for it to look like this.

There are small flecks of paint missing and the odd scratch to the case. However, In all that time this clock has never been “touched up”, polished or repaired. The clock was covered in a very deep layer of dust when I acquired it. I have simply removed this dust very carefully to reveal the clock you see today. I am sure that a professional Painting restorer could fully clean the paint and “repaint” the missing flecks to make it perfect and as new. But as I was told as a young apprentice 20 years ago, its taken a few lifetimes to look like this and it would only take a few hours to remove it.. so I will leave it exactly how it is.

The Beautifully engraved double fusee movement has the early “Knife edge” Crown wheel (verge) escapement. Pull repeating rack striking mechanism with lovely scrollwork to the rack tail and head. There is a silence mechanism on this clock which is operated via a lever in the arch.

The movement had very little wear and shows very little evidence of previous repairs. This giving more fuel to the argument that this clock is a true time warp that has spent most of its life hidden away and not being used. To ensure that I can give you a full three years guarantee and confidence in your investment I have very carefully restored the movement to a high standard. In keeping with the case, I have not removed any of the original grain finish using propriety metal polishes. But simply removed all of the old dirt and grease to reveal the original colour and shine. Ensuring the clock operates as intended.


The original painted dial is also in a most original condition. Having five individually painted scenes in the four corners and the arch. The scenes are of the four seasons and have been painted to a very high standard with gesso beading to the edges. The painting in the arch being father time with the text “Time how short, Eternity how long”. These totally handmade dials are not to be confused with the mass produced painted dials of the 19th century. These dials were more expensive than their brass equivalent and would have been made to order. As with the condition of the clock, this dial is totally original without any repairs or “touch ups”. There is a small scratch to the dial vertically above the 6/7 but it does not detract from it. 

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.

A quadruple cased pocket watch by Edward Prior

Quadruple Cased Pocket Watch | Clock of the Week

This week a very rare quadruple cased pocket watch by the eminent Edward Prior (1800 – 1868) 

I have restored and worked on a number of Edward Prior watches in the past. But have only ever seen one other quadruple cased ottoman style pocket watch, and the quality of this one is simply outstanding.

The three inner cases are hallmarked London 1828 and the outer Clam shell is no marked. After some research, the custom was to export the triple cased watch to Turkey and then the outer forth case was manufactured in Turkey before retailing.

The fusee verge movement has been fully restored by me. Now, it is in an amazing condition showing little wear for its years of age! The “ottoman” style porcelain dial is in perfect condition displaying the makers name and Arabic style numerals. 

With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country. We are proud to say that we are now the exclusive restoration company for Steam Mill Clocks.
As well as this, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces. 

I am a master clockmaker. A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and a member of the British watch and clockmakers guild. Overton Clocks is a traditional clock shop based in the heart of Chesterfield. Hosting a showroom and in-house fully equipped workshop.

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.

A Georgian Mahogany Chamfer Top Bracket Clock

Symms Cheltenham Bracket Clock| Clock of the Week

A lovely Georgian Chamfer Topped Striking Mahogany Bracket clock with Pull Repeat by Symms of Cheltenham.

The Mahogany case has a most wonderful original finish to it. Achieved by carefully removing the layers of dust and grime to reveal the original shellac finish. This clock has not been re-polished. The brass bound corner pieces and Brass corner edging give this clock a pleasing look and balance the symmetry. The piece is finished off with the ebony milled pattern to the top and bottom. Sitting on its original ball feet the clock stands 50cm tall. The Fish scale side frets are typical of this date and I have re-silked them in a pleasing regency green. I have kept the original silk if you would like them reinstalled ( however, they are a little tatty).

The five Knopped pillar movement is substantially made and has been fully restored by me. Featuring a double fusee striking movement utilising a rack and independent snail for the strike ensures that the repeat function strikes the hour up to a couple of minutes before the next arrives. The anchor escapement drives a heavy lenticular bobbed pendulum with a micro adjustment screw above for regulation.
The Convex dial is signed Symms Cheltenham and is identical to the engraving on the movement plate. This dial is fitted into a separate brass bezel that itself fits snuggly into the convex glazed door.
I would date this clock to around c1825.

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.

Whitehurst Pattern Skeleton Timepiece

Whitehurst Skeleton Timepiece | Clock of the Week

A particularly rare Whitehurst pattern Skeleton clock is this weeks clock of the week. Although there are quite a few patterns of skeleton clocks that have been made over the years, this particular one is particularly recognisable as a Whitehurst pattern. This pattern was only used by the company until it transferred to John Smith of Derby. The clock is also illustrated in F.B Boyer-Collard book titled Skeleton Clocks.


The beautifully made plates have an elegant style to them and have been made to a high standard. We have carefully removed all of the old tarnish and polished all parts using an old method with chalk. Using chalk, although labour intensive gives a finish that cannot be replicated using modern compounds.


The original glass dome is perfect with no faults, cracks or chips and is finished off with a braided rope to the white marble base. 
With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country. We are proud to say that we are now the exclusive restoration company for Steam Mill Clocks. 
As well as this, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks. These clocks have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces.


clock with a large face and curved case

Thwaites And Reed balloon clock | Clock of the week

A very impressive mid to late 19th century Balloon clock by the eminent clockmaker Thwaites and Reed. 


The proportions of this clock are just right for a clock of this size being exactly 70cm high (27.5″). The mahogany case is very well made. With its flame panel to the front and boxwood inlay to the dial surround. Due the size and age of this clock there is some cracking to the top curve. This is usually the case with balloon clock of this type.


The 12″ well made cast brass dial is made of three pieces. Being a lovely matted centre piece, a rear dial ring and a very good chapter ring with quarter markers and waxed numerals.


The double fusee movement is simply impressive! It is 23cm square (9″) and the plates at least a quarter of an inch thick. The fusee runs on a beautifully engineered chain. I have personally restored this movement to a very high standard.

The movement is stamped T&R for THWAITES AND REED and the serial number is 15503.


This clock was a complete one off. As well as being a small fortune to have manufactured it was certainly made specifically for a large house. Indeed, I acquired the clock from a very impressive Victorian house in Whitchurch. It really did look amazing on a table in the reception hallway.

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.