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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Soldano Carriage Clock |Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us fully overhaul and restore a stunning striking carriage clock by the maker Soldano. The faultless gilt case has an engine turned silvered dial with perfect white porcelain dial. The case is enhanced by copper gilt Corinthian columns and milled slices to the top and bottom. Soldano was commended on his cases during his life. During the overhaul, I polished the movement using an age old technique using chalk and this gives the brass a shine and colour that is only achieved using this method. Although very Labour intensive it is worth the effort! As you can see from the video.

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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.

Singing Bird box |Tick Tock Thursday

This singing bird box has flown in all the way from Zurich in Switzerland. And the little birdie told me hes here for a thorough clean and restoration. As you can see, his little feathers are a bit scruffy. Also, he doesn’t quite bob up and down as he should. Apart from that, he is a chirpy little fella and is really looking forward a good bath! He even has a bird shaped key! When he has been returned back to his full glory, he will be for sale.

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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.