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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.

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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Carriage clock – Tick Tock Thursday

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

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