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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

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Month going long case weight
Vienna Month going clock

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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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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.

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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18th Century Bracket Clocks| Tick Tock Thursday

A bit of case restoration on two beautiful 18th century bracket clocks. The first is a large, very deep red mahogany bracket clock by Barrauds of London. The case has heavy Corinthian columns to the four corners and ornate hand cut brass fretwork panel to the side. The painted dial with date ring has been sent away for sympathetic restoration of the winding holes as they have become chipped over time. The highly engraved movement is currently being totally overhauled by me and should be on test very soon.

The second clock is a lovely mid 18th century mahogany veneered clock by James Eley. James worked from 1753 to 1795 and he produced some very well made clocks. This particular one has the “better” cross cut mahogany veneer to the inner masking. Also featuring a lovely brass frets to the front top corners. The movement for this clock has a very highly engraved back-plate and verge (crownwheel) escapement. And also includes a complicated dial with two subsidiary dials, date ring and ornate spandrels.

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Style Georgian bracket clock 2| Tick Tock Thursday

This week we’ve finish the very rare Georgian bracket clock that we illustrated a few weeks ago. This well proportioned George II inverted bell top mahogany bracket clock by the 18th century maker Nathaniel Style. This clock has received the most careful of restorations to retain its original shellac finish. Which is in an amazing original condition and its original winding key.

It is not very often that a completely original base model clock appears in such amazing condition. When acquired by us, this clock was covered in many layers of grime and dust. Having spent at least 100 years in a dry attic of a large house. I have included a couple of photographs of the case being carefully cleaned to reveal its totally original finish. I have done this to demonstrate that we have not re-polished this clock in any way.

The very well made case is veneered in a good quality mahogany. With it being a base model it is devoid of any brass frills and fussiness and has a simple wooden fret to the two top corners of the front door and a substantial brass handle to the top. The rear door has been made far more substantially than is required and still has the case makers chisel marks that have been let in to allow the pendulum the swing freely. I cannot express how lovely this clock is and has to be seen to be believed.

The timepiece movement has a crown wheel (verge) escapement and has its original suspension holding the “free” pendulum. This type of escapement was a transition between the rigid knife edge type crown wheel escapement where the pendulum is directly connected to the pallet arbour and the anchor escapement with its separately suspended pendulum and reduced pendulum arc. This escapement has a large pendulum arc. This is demonstrated by the mock pendulum during operation but the maker is clearly trying to experiment with the new technological developments that were coming into horology. The movement has been totally overhauled by me. However it is in as original a condition as I can get it without removing any of its past history.

It is very rare that these timepiece clocks survived beyond the 19th century because they were in essence a base model without any frill, striking mechanisms or alarm work. They simply told the time. As was the case with “modern” 1950s mantle clocks of today. These basic clocks were mistreated and thrown away when worn out due to the cost of repairing them.

This clock has somehow managed to be carefully stored away when it finally became surplus to requirements or the cost of repair outweighed the value of the clock and stayed there for many years! The patina and simple elegance of this clock has to be seen to be fully appreciated. I believe it would be a very good addition to any collection or someone with an eye for Georgian style.

Nathaniel Style is recorded as working at Wood Street, Cheapside, London. Becoming free of the Clock makers Company in 1725 and retiring in 1773.

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Nathaniel Style bracket clock

Nathaniel Style Bracket Clock| Clock of the Week

This week well proportioned George II inverted bell top mahogany bracket clock by the 18th century maker Nathaniel Style. This clock has received the most careful of restorations to retain its original shellac finish which is in an amazing original condition and its original winding key.

It is not very often that a completely original base model clock appears in such amazing condition. When acquired by us, this clock was covered in many layers of grime and dust having spent at least 100 years in a dry attic of a large house. I have included a couple of photographs of the case being carefully cleaned to reveal its totally original finish. I have done this to demonstrate that we have not re-polished this clock in any way. The very well made case is veneered in a good quality mahogany and with it being a base model it is devoid of any brass frills and fussiness and has a simple wooden fret to the two top corners of the front door and a substantial brass handle to the top. The rear door has been made far more substantially than is required and still has the case makers chisel marks that have been let in to allow the pendulum the swing freely. I cannot express how lovely this clock is and has to be seen to be believed.

The timepiece movement has a crown wheel (verge) escapement and has its original suspension holding the “free” pendulum. This type of escapement was a transition between the rigid knife edge type crown wheel escapement where the pendulum is directly connected to the pallet arbour and the anchor escapement with its separately suspended pendulum and reduced pendulum arc. This escapement has a large pendulum arc and this is demonstrated by the mock pendulum during operation but the maker is clearly trying to experiment with the new technological developments that were coming into horology. The movement has been totally overhauled by me and is in as original condition as I can get it without removing any of its past history.

It is very rare that these timepiece clocks survived beyond the 19th century because they were in essence a base model without any frill, striking mechanisms or alarm work. They simply told the time and as is the case with “modern” 1950s mantle clocks of today, these basic clocks were mistreated and thrown away when worn out due to the cost of repairing them.

This clock has somehow managed to be carefully stored away when it finally became surplus to requirements or the cost of repair outweighed the value of the clock and stayed there for many years! The patina and simple elegance of this clock has to be seen to be fully appreciated and I believe it would be a very good addition to a valued collection or someone with an eye for Georgian style.

Nathaniel Style is recorded as working at Wood Street, Cheapside, London becoming free of the Clock makers Company in 1725 and retiring in 1773.
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, 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.

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 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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Christmas Closing

Merry Christmas one an all!

Overton Clocks are now closed until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Wishing you all a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Striking long case regulator with calendar and age and phase of the moon face

Complicated Regulator Clock

Now then…. this very complicated Regulator clock came in recently for a full overhaul.. the gearing had been set up incorrectly so we completely dismantled and cleaned all parts before reassembling correctly! I think it’s time for a stiff drink after all that! Enjoy! 🤓

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Early French Clock with Automated Ship

An excellent piece of Automata. an early French clock with automated ship riding a rough sea! A bit of careful restoration needed with the delicate “paper tissue” sea that is already showing signs of fragility….. enjoy! 🤓

Early French Clock with Automated Ship

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Ottoman Style bracket clock with a dark rich wood pale gold trim and ornate patterning

Ottoman style Bracket Clock

An Ottoman style Bracket clock with Anchor recoil escapement. Rack striking on the hour and a Whittington tune playing Carillion on eight bells that is triggered every quarter of an hour via a “flick” let off lever. Although this clock was quite grubby, it clearly had not been serviced for some time. There was a lack of previous repairers marks or Botcher’s scars present. The movement required 4 handmade bushes fitting to the centre arbour and fly on the striking side.

As always with these clocks, the setup of the let off spring is vital due its precise nature of operation. Too little tension and the Flick lever does not push the rack lever off and the quarter rack does not drop. This in turn does not push both the strike lever off the strike rack. Then the warn lever isn’t held forward holding the strike train ready. On the other scale if the Flick lever spring is too tight, too much energy is absorbed from the going train trying to bend the flick causing the clock to stop. The case was also in a very similar state of repair and required a full restoration including missing and loose parts having to be manufactured.

Ottoman style bracket clock case
Ottoman style bracket clock case
Ottoman style bracket clock mechanism
Ottoman style bracket clock mechanism
Ottoman style bracket clock mechanism
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock