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Painted Double Fusee Bracket Clock |Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us complete the restoration of a very rare Painted double fusee strike/pull repeat Bracket Clock featuring 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. 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 scroll work to the corners.

The condition of this clock is simply stunning! It took 250 years to look like this and is totally original and untouched. There are small flecks of paint missing and the odd scratch to the case. The piece has never has a touch up polish or repair until now. Dust covered the clock deeply when I aquired it. So 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. But as someone told me 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 scroll work to the rack tail and head. The clock features a silencing mechanism operated by 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. Hidden away and in disuse.

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 dial depicts the four seasons. They 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”. The dials are totally handmade. 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 clock is for sale if your interested! 

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Samuel Taylor Bracket clock | Tick Tock Thursday

Our horological shenanigans have bought us to Germany to purchase an incredibly rare painted bracket clock by Samuel Taylor c1750. I often say I try and source unusual or rare clocks and this is both. The bell top case is is made of mahogany and is painted in a rest rich red/burgundy paint that is in a condition that simply could not be replicated without 300 years of patina added! The gilding to the corners and edging of the apertures is lovely and untouched. I can let you know that I will not be touching the case either! The double fusee strike/pull repeat movement has a silent lever in the arch above “father time” and has a lovely engraving to the back plate. This clock has the earlier “knife edge” crown wheel (verge) escapement and very fine crossings to the wheels . On the dial, there are four paintings for the four seasons. A reminder from Samuel Taylor that time is short, but eternity is long. enjoy!

Samuel Taylor bracket clock

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Symms Cheltenham Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

This week’s horological shenanigans have seen us finish a wonderful George III mahogany chamfer top bracket clock by Symms Cheltenham. This lovely Striking Mahogany Bracket clock with Pull Repeat was made around c1825. This design of clock fell out of favour by the 1840s.
The Mahogany case has a most wonderful original finish to it that has been 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 gives this clock a pleasing look and balances the symmetry and is finished off with the ebony milled pattern to the top and bottom. Sitting on its original ball feet the clock stands 50cm tall to the top of the gilt pineapple. 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. ( 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.
This clock is available if your interested. Enjoy

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Nathaniel Styles Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

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.

mechanism for an antique 18th century clock inside of a mahogany case
back of a mahogany clock case
Nathaniel Styles 18th century clock

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Robert Pace long case clock-Tick Tock Thursday

this week’s horological shenanigans have seen us working on an incredibly nice ( some would say perfect) 18th century Marquetry inlaid longcase clock made by the eminent Robert Pace of London. Robert Pace worked from the mid 1700 to around 1780 and his work is always of a very good standard. This clock is no exception. With 18 individual, highly decorative pieces of marquetry that are simply stunning in both quality and workmanship. This clock has now been restored and is waiting for a new home! Interested.. give us a call. The second clock is a stunning one piece cased carriage clock from around c1850. We have polished this clock using chalk and it looks amazing.

intricate artwork on a dark oaken surface
intricate artwork on a dark oaken surface
Marquetry inlaid longcase clock made by Robert Pace


Quarter Striking Bracket Clock – Tick Tock Thursday

This week’s horological shenanigans have seen us receive a lovely quarter striking bracket clock from Cincinnati, Ohio in the USA! We are proud to say that the owner had researched for quality restorations. As such he had chosen Overton Clocks to fully restore his Winterhalder and Hoffmier 19th century clock. This lovely clock is quite unusual. Having a beautifully carved oak case with gilt ormolu frets and finials. The movement chimes every quarter of an hour on four gongs and has a “silence” lever at the 3 o’clock position.

Firstly, we plan to carefully remove all of the ormolu. Then, we will be removing the layers of dirt and grime from the case layer by layer until the original polished finish is revealed. We will then completely dismantle the clock down to its last nut and bolt. Then completely overhauled so that it can give many years of good service, it should look amazing when its finished. The quality of the packing case supplied by International Export Packers of Newark is excellent. I would highly recommend them. They handled all the documents needed for a temporary Import/export licence so that we can restore the quarter striking bracket clock and get it back to the USA hassle free.

a large wooden crate
Quarter striking bracket clock
A large wooden crate with Styrofoam packaging inside

A large wooden crate with Styrofoam packaging inside

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William IV period bracket clock – Tick Tock Thursday

This week’s horological shenanigans have seen us fully restore a William IV period bracket clock. This rare clock takes cues from the grand tours and has an Egyptian feel to the design. This is a stunningly original flame mahogany double fusee striking bracket clock.

The Egyptian influenced case is finished in a wonderfully deep flame mahogany. This is only seen in the finest of early 19th century clocks. Finished off with fine brass inlay scrolls, flower heads with ebony inserts and cross banding to the stepped top. I have very carefully removed all the layers of dirt and soot to reveal the original shellac high polish finish. This has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

The double fusee movement is totally handmade with its hand cut crossing to all the wheels. These crossings making the shape of a star. The overall quality of the movement is excellent and has been totally overhauled by me personally. So I can give a full three years guarantee to safeguard your investment.

The original convex dial has received the most careful of conservation based cleaning. As such it compliments the rest of the clock.
I would date this clock to William IV ( c1830) 

William IV period bracket clock
William IV period bracket clock face
William IV period bracket clock

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Catsby Long Case – Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen some beautiful timepieces come into the shop including a longcase clock linked to the infamous Catsby! implicated in the gunpowder plot with Guy Fawkes, Catsby lost his life and all of his estates. Including the Manor at Ashby st Ledger. Enjoy 

Catsby longcase clock
Catsby longcase clock face
close up of a clock face

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Vulliamy clock – Tick Tock Thursday

Horological shenanigans have seen quite a few notable clocks pass through the shop, the best being a clock by Vulliamy.

Benjamin Vulliamy (1747 – 31 December 1811), was a clockmaker responsible for building the Regulator Clock, which, between 1780 and 1884, was the official regulator of time in London.

Benjamin Vulliamy was the son of Justin Vulliamy, a clockmaker of Swiss origin, who moved to London around 1730. Justin became an associate of Benjamin Gray, a watchmaker established in Pall Mall, and married Mary, a daughter of the same, with whom he had Benjamin. Justin succeeded his father-in-law in the charge of the business and from 1780, his son Benjamin entered the society. Father and son worked together until the death of Justin, on 1 December 1797.

From an early age, Vulliamy had shown interest in pursuing his father’s career. As an adult, he began to earn a reputation as a builder of mantel clocks. Decorative timepieces that adorned the halls of high society (some can be found at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery). His talent earned him a Royal Appointment in 1773. Through this he came to receive an endowment of £150 a year as George III’s King’s Clockmaker. There was a similar distinction, Royal Watchmaker, then held by George Lindsay. The king, an enthusiast for watches and mechanical devices, was patron of Justin Vulliamy. However, only Benjamin received this significant honour.

Around 1780, Vulliamy was commissioned to build the Regulator Clock. The main timekeeper of the King’s Observatory Kew, which served as an unofficial Prime Meridian and was responsible for the official London time until 1884. After which the Greenwich Royal Observatory assumed both roles. The Regulator Clock is now in the Science Museum in London.

In 1780 Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy was born; he was the last to dedicate himself to the family clockmaking business. None of his descendants took up the art of clockmaking, although his son, Lewis, was notable as an architect.

The Vulliamy clocks

Vulliamy clocks were of considerable value and represented the climax of technology at the time. one such clock was presented to the Chinese emperor by the diplomatic mission of George Macartney to Beijing in 1793. Vulliamy clocks were combined with fine porcelain figures to create artefacts that combined both science and art. The overall design was made by Vulliamy. He employed prize-winning sculptors such as John Deare to create the figures that were influenced by contemporary French designs. The Vulliamy family used Crown Derby to make the figures from porcelain designs. One of Vulliamy’s assistants, Jacques Planche, was a brother of Andrew Planche who had been involved in the early Derby Porcelain business. The business also subcontracted much of the clocks’ manufacture to other skilled artisans.

a porcelain clock face belonging to a Vulliamy Clock
the word Vulliamy London NS 1718 inscribed on a metalplate
a porcelain clock face belonging to a Vulliamy Clock

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Carriage clock – Tick Tock Thursday

Here is a complicated carriage clock with both Petit and Grand Sonniere Striking.. enjoy!!

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Charlie Chaplin – Tick Tock Thursday

Ey up!! It’s tick tick Thursday! This week is the turn of Charlie Chaplin to teach you about the art of horology and customer service!! I’m not sure if I should be watching… 🤓 enjoy!

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19th century digital clock – Tick Tock Thursday

A couple of marvellous clocks in this week for you… the first is an extremely rare 19th century digital clock! It came to us in a very sorry state and required a bit of research to find the original patent so we could repair it! It’s a shame to put the dial back on now. Enjoy!

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19th century digital clock
19th century digital clock frace

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vine like paintings on the bonnet of a long case clock

Palatial Regulator – Tick Tock Thursday

This week we’re focusing on our amazing apprentice Jessica! Jessica has been with us for over a year now and is moving onto the finer clocks we work with. This palatial regulator has been fully restored from a very tired state and is now ready for a good number of years service again.. enjoy!

Jessica the apprentice working on a palatial regulator

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New Showroom – Tick Tock Thursday

We’ve had a bit of a change around here at Overton Clocks. We now have a showroom with a lovely selection of clocks for sale. Whether it’s a miniature carriage clock or a rare 18th century long case clock.. we should have something for you. The team are all together in their new workshop. Which will help with training.

Showroom fireplace
showroom corner with a chair and lots of wall mounted and long case clocks
Showroom small set of drawers

carriage clock with woman depicted on the side

Risqué Strike/Repeat Carriage Clock c1867

Risqué Strike/Repeat Carriage Clock
an image inscribed on a clock of a scantily clad woman
Risqué Strike/Repeat Carriage Clock c1867

We have recently restored this marvellous and rather
risqué strike/repeat carriage clock which is now for sale. It has a date of 1867 inscribed under the baseplate and the maker inscribed “M.P” behind the dial! with rare Images on the glass depicting rather risqué ladies! For Victorian 1867… this would have been a mischievous purchase.. enjoy!! Purchase it from our sellingantuiques.co.uk page if its not already been snapped up!

back of a carriage clock with the inner parts showing
An image of a risqué lady on a clock