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Whitehurst Pattern Skeleton Timepiece

Whitehurst Skeleton Timepiece | Clock of the Week

A particularly rare Whitehurst pattern Skeleton clock is this weeks clock of the week. Although there are quite a few patterns of skeleton clocks that have been made over the years, this particular one is particularly recognisable as a Whitehurst pattern. This pattern was only used by the company until it transferred to John Smith of Derby. The clock is also illustrated in F.B Boyer-Collard book titled Skeleton Clocks.


The beautifully made plates have an elegant style to them and have been made to a high standard. We have carefully removed all of the old tarnish and polished all parts using an old method with chalk. Using chalk, although labour intensive gives a finish that cannot be replicated using modern compounds.


The original glass dome is perfect with no faults, cracks or chips and is finished off with a braided rope to the white marble base. 
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. These clocks 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.


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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clock with a large face and curved case

Thwaites And Reed balloon clock | Clock of the week

A very impressive mid to late 19th century Balloon clock by the eminent clockmaker Thwaites and Reed. 


The proportions of this clock are just right for a clock of this size being exactly 70cm high (27.5″). The mahogany case is very well made. With its flame panel to the front and boxwood inlay to the dial surround. Due the size and age of this clock there is some cracking to the top curve. This is usually the case with balloon clock of this type.


The 12″ well made cast brass dial is made of three pieces. Being a lovely matted centre piece, a rear dial ring and a very good chapter ring with quarter markers and waxed numerals.


The double fusee movement is simply impressive! It is 23cm square (9″) and the plates at least a quarter of an inch thick. The fusee runs on a beautifully engineered chain. I have personally restored this movement to a very high standard.

The movement is stamped T&R for THWAITES AND REED and the serial number is 15503.


This clock was a complete one off. As well as being a small fortune to have manufactured it was certainly made specifically for a large house. Indeed, I acquired the clock from a very impressive Victorian house in Whitchurch. It really did look amazing on a table in the reception hallway.

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.

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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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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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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Catsby Long Case – Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen some beautiful timepieces come into the shop including a longcase clock linked to the infamous Catsby! implicated in the gunpowder plot with Guy Fawkes, Catsby lost his life and all of his estates. Including the Manor at Ashby st Ledger. Enjoy 

Catsby longcase clock
Catsby longcase clock face
close up of a clock face

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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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New Open hours to the public May 2018

We have decided to change the open hours we are available to the public, to allow us to concentrate on completing clock repairs. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We endeavour to help you in any way possible through this transition.

Our Open hours will be as follows (unless pre-arranged, by appointment only).

Monday CLOSED

Tuesday 9am – 5pm

Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Thursday 9am – 5pm

Friday 9 am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm

Sunday – CLOSED

If you would like to collect or drop off an item, outside these hours, please contact us. On 01246 204978 to arrange an appointment.

There will be no one available to answer the phone calls and emails after the times shown each day. However messages will be dealt with as early as possible the next working day.

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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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Charlie Chaplin – Tick Tock Thursday

Ey up!! It’s tick tick Thursday! This week is the turn of Charlie Chaplin to teach you about the art of horology and customer service!! I’m not sure if I should be watching… 🤓 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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New Showroom – Tick Tock Thursday

We’ve had a bit of a change around here at Overton Clocks. We now have a showroom with a lovely selection of clocks for sale. Whether it’s a miniature carriage clock or a rare 18th century long case clock.. we should have something for you. The team are all together in their new workshop. Which will help with training.

Showroom fireplace
showroom corner with a chair and lots of wall mounted and long case clocks
Showroom small set of drawers

insidea pocket watch

Waltham Pocket Watches

A folly of Waltham Pocket watches this week. Made in America from the early twentieth century, their watches had intricate patterns engraved onto the plates. Truly, they are a pleasure to work on.

Just out of interest. The three watches date from: Number 5 million dates 1892. Next, number 21 million ( gold colour ) is from the end of 1917 and number 28 million is from 1934. Waltham made over 35 million pocket watches from their humble beginnings in 1850.. President Abraham Lincoln owned an 1863 model. Enjoy!

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a cleaned Waltham pocket watch mechanism
a cleaned Waltham pocket watch
cog-less pocket watch innards

Roamer Watch

What a first full week as a proper full time clockmaker it’s been! I’m finally living my dream and it is lovely.. This Roamer watch was very dirty and grubby before the magic wand was passed over it… ( before and after pics) Thankyou so much for all your support smile emoticon enjoy!

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a roamer watch before cleaning
a roamer watch after cleaning