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Dutch Stoelklok

Stoelklok from Holland(c.18th century)| Clock of the Week

A stunning large 18th century Stoelklok in a most wonderful original condition is the clock of the week this time.


The hardwood frames “seat” has an age and patina that has to be seen to appreciated. The piece carries the original gilt lead fretwork as well. The dark green painted colour with gilt linework is a pleasing change from the more common mermaid and parrot designs that can a little overpowering for the English taste seen in later clocks. 


The Clock sits on four wooden turned legs with over exaggerated knops. These support the timber base to the clock movement that has a metal sheath over the top of it. From this sheath, four hand turned pillars carry the frame and wheelwork. The wheels display setting out marks that would have helped the maker determine tooth depth and spoke positions. 


I have purposely not restored/overhauled this movement due to its lovely aged condition. However, the movement has been carefully cleaned and oiled and it operates perfectly. This was done because I believe a”bright” shiny movement would not have looked well in this case. If however you would like the movement completely overhauling then let me know and I can discuss options to you.


This is a good opportunity to own a good Stoelklok that are in there own way a horological important step in the history of the clock. 


Christian Huygens invented the pendulum clock in 1656 and had the design patented the next year. In addition to this invention, his research in horology resulted in an extensive analysis of the pendulum in his 1673 book Horologium Oscillatorium. This book is regarded as one of the most important 17th-century works in mechanics. While the first part of the book contains descriptions of clock designs, most of the book is an analysis of pendulum motion and a theory of curves. Dutch maker then took this invention and developed various styles of clock including the Stoelklok. Meaning “Seat” Clock, the Stoelklok features a “seat” meaning the wall mounted frame that the clock sits on.

Purchase this stunning piece for your own here before its gone!

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

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Clock gears
Month going long case weight
Vienna Month going clock

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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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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.

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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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
frodsham library clock face close up

Frodsham Library Clock restoration

Here we have a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock with silent escapement powered from a double fusee striking mechanism. Set in a beautiful walnut case with inlayed brass, this particular clock came in for a full restoration and was in quite a poor state of repair. We must say that the finished Timepiece look splendid.

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 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock
 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock
 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock
 a rather lovely Frodsham Library Clock