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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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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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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. 

Buy it here before its sold!

A large oaken long case clock by Johnson of Chesterfield

Thomas Johnson long case| Tick Tock Thursday

The sun is out and we have just finished this absolutely lovely local clock by Thomas Johnson of Chesterfield. This clock dates from somewhere between c1800 and c1830. It has a most wonderful inlaid oak case with shells and leaves and cross banding to the edges. This clock has the more unusual Arabic numerals to the dial. Featuring a floral display with real gold leaf highlights.

Thomas Johnson signature on a clock face
Thomas Johnson Long case Base section
Thomas Johnson Longcase

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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.

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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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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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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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!

digital clock  in case
19th century digital clock
19th century digital clock frace

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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
clock movement cogs

Regulator with Calendar

regulator with calendar clock face
regulator with calendar full case

Striking Longcase Regulator with calendar and the age and phase of the moon by Thomas Morgan of Manchester c1860.

This is a remarkably complex clock for a regulator with calendar. It must really be considered a borderline example due the ease of reading the dial. The case is of walnut and above the panelled plinth it is glazed at the front and sides and around the arched top. There is carved fretwork below the circular dial.

The dial has no less than six subsidiary dials and is laid out in a regulator fashion. The main dial is a centre seconds dial. With the hour dial at 9 o’clock and the minute dial at 3. At 6 o’clock is the date dial with the signature on either side of it. At 12 o’clock is the month dial with. On its right, the days of the week and on the left the dial showing the age and phase of the moon.

The substantial movement has a dead-beat escapement and maintaining power. The pendulum has a wood rod and heavy lead bob covered in a brass as are the substantial weights.

regulators cogs
regulator mechanism with pendulum
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism

Tick Tock Tuesday! – 19th Century Pocket Watch

It’s tick tock Tuesday again! The theme of this week has been “tiny!” A 19th century pocket watch needed a broken pivot repairing and a Ruby pin fitting to the balance assembly. The second was a brace of new platform escapements needing fitting to two carriage clocks. Enjoy! 🤓

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a watch movement before being cleaned

1830 Gold Pocket Watch

Here is a short video of an 1830 gold pocket watch after it had received the Overton clock treatment!

in other news, we won a national contract with a very well known high street jeweller. Went to the brilliant Chesterfield Retail Awards as a finalist.


Also, continued growth means we can offer a chance for a clockmaking apprentice! The successful candidate will undertake a level 3 – 5 diploma in Horology. Organised by the BHI and finally have a chance of completing a Horology degree at Birmingham University!

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