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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

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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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Carriage clock – Tick Tock Thursday

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

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William Webster Longcase Clock

William Webster Bracket Clock

A William Webster Bracket clock in for restoration. This clock features a highly engraved back plate. With double fusee movement and verge escapement and subsidiary dial depicting the phase of the moon and a date ring. The owners discovered this clock in a loft, and were preparing it for sale. William Webster was the apprentice of the eminent Thomas Tompion. At any rate, a beautiful piece by one of the most prominent clock makers in the country.

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William Webster Bracket Clock mechanism
William Webster Bracket Clock mechanism
William Webster Bracket Clock face
Clock mechanism with clock face attached

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19th Century Longcase Clock

19th Century Long Case Clock

19th Century Longcase Clock face and mechanism

This stunning 19th Century Long case Clock came in for full restoration including re bushing, cleaning and testing. In fact, this classic Long case clock which was a absolute pleasure to work on.

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Fully restored french drum movement

Fully Restored French Drum Movement

Fully restored french drum movement
French Drum Movement Clock

The owners of this excellent french drum movement clock brought it in for a full service and clean as it was in need of repair. So, we fully stripped the clock down into its component parts, cleaning and checking in the process. Next, once we were happy the clock was looking spick and span the testing stage began.

Now everything is working as it should. Finally the restored movement is ready to go back in its case. The customers were very happy with the service.Have a timepiece you want restored? Contact us

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repairing a broken escapement

Repairing a Broken Escapement

escapement-iamge

Next job on the bench, repairing a broken escapement… Step one, gather information and draw out how it should be! Then adjust Pallet to fit…
Next stage tomorrow, but for now, time for a cuppa!

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