Devonshire Longcase Clock by Long of Tiverton

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An excellent Devonshire mahogany longcase clock with rare Hunting scene to the arch.

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The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with an arched white dial displaying a Roman chapter ring, seconds, date, jumping foxes to the corners and the rare scene of a Huntsman and Foxhounds chasing a fox. The flame mahogany veneered case with boxwood and ebony inlay throughout and the trunk door flanked by spiral columns with brass Doric capitals. The hood also with Doric capitals and spiral columns and topped with a crested pediment with three brass finials. The base with similar veneers and inlay and large ogee shaped feet to the front of the clock.

Note: John Long of Tiverton was born on 10th March 1821. He established a business in Bampton Street, Tiverton in 1842. He was listed as a Goldsmith, Jeweller and watch and clockmaker and unusually an inventor. He died at Bradninch on 23rd October 1887. This particular clock features a Huntsman and is Foxhounds to the arch. This clock was almost certainly made for a member of the local Hunting community.

Price: £5500.000 / Height: 7’5″ / C.1845

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Somerset longcase clock by Oram of Bruton

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A very pretty provincial oak longcase clock from the County of Somerset.

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The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with an arched white dial showing seconds, date, Roman numerals, seashells to each corner and a further group of sea shells to the arch. The makers name and place of work signed to the centre of the dial and with matching blued steel hands.

The long trunk door of good light coloured oak and mahogany crossbanding with a plain base, teminating with a single shaped plinth. The hood with brass capped solid oak pillars, a swan neck top with brass paterae and a brass eagle finial.

Note: There are two makers by the name of Oram working in Somerton and Castle Cary, quite possibly relatives or the same man. Charles Oram is listed as working in the High Street, Bruton in 1844.

Price: £3850.000 / Height: 7’2½” / C.1845

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Moonphase Longcase Clock by Naftel of Guernsey

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An excellent Channel Islands moonphase longcase clock of very small size.

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The London quality 8 day duration 5 pillar movement with shaped plates to allow for moonphase wheel and striking the hours on a bell. The 12″ arched full brass dial with separate silvered brass chapter ring, brass spandrels to each corner and a fine matted centre showing date, seconds and blued steel hands. Also with rare moonphase feature to the arch with engraved hemispheres and makers name and place of work.

The well proportioned, high quality and small case with flame veneered mahogany trunk door of full length and with mahogany crossbanding. The unusually short base with unusual ‘plum pudding veneer and finishing with a single shaped plinth. The hood featuring reeded mahogany pillars surmounted with brass Doric capitals, matching quarter pillars and a broken arch top. The top moulding with the very unusual feature of a spliced piece of solid ebony let into the moulding from front to back.

Note: Thomas & Nicholas Naftel were brothers and worked together with their Mother Elizabeth Naftel during the latter half of the 18th century. They were without doubt one of the most prolific Clockmaking families in Guernsey and always made clocks with utmost care and attention. Using London features such as 5 plate pillars, high quality movements and well proportioned casework.

Price: £10250.000 / Height: 6’5½” / C.1790

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Provincial oak longcase clock by Glover of Worcester

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Provincial Oak Longcase Clock by Glover of Worcester

A highly desirable oak longcase clock of good proportions and colour.

Provincial Oak Longcase Clock by Glover of Worcester

Provincial Oak Longcase Clock by Glover of Worcester

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The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with a 12" square full brass dial with silvered brass chapter ring showing Roman Numerals and Arabic minutes. Also with matted centre, sunken seconds, droop mouth date aperture, blued steel hands and makers name and place of work engraved within the chapter ring. The corners with brass spandrels.

The oak case with good figuring to the long trunk door and base and standing on a single plinth. The flat top hood with oak angle pillars and wooden capitals to the glazed hood door and repeated to the rear of the hood with quarter pillars.

Note: William Glover was baptized in Tewkesbury on 26th June 1737. He traded in Worcester up until 1764 when he is recorded as listing an advertisement announcing his arrival in Tewkesbury.

Price: £6750.000 / Height: 6'11" / C.1760

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Latest Arrival – Bow Front Stick Barometer by Rubergall of London

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Bow Fronted Stick Barometer by Francis Rubergall of London

Bow Fronted Stick Barometer by Francis Rubergall of London

Bow Fronted Stick Barometer by Francis Rubergall of London

An exceptional bow fronted stick barometer by this Royal Instrument Maker.

The silvered brass scale calibrated from 28″ to 31″ with a sliding rack and pinion vernier of slim design and controlled with an ivory set key. The dial also engraved with weather indications and makers name and place of work engraved to the top of the scale. The full length thermometer to the main trunk calibrated in both Fahrenheit and Reaumur and with a mercury filled tube.

The desirable flat-to-the-wall mahogany case with excellent flame veneers to the bowed front and with swan neck pediment with bone paterea and an ornate brass pineapple finial. The base with an ebonised boxwood urn cistern, ebony mouldings, ebony inlay and brass cistern screw for transportation.

A highly desirable Georgian Instrument of the finest quality and design.

Note: Thomas Rubergall is listed as Optician and Mathematical Instrument Maker to the Duke of Clarence (later to become William IV) and he was also Optician to King George III.

Price: £9500.000 / Height: 40″ / C.1810

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Latest Arrival – Quarter Striking Bracket Clock by Nicolason of London

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Verge Bracket/Table Clock by Nicolason of London

A magnificent flame mahogany veneered quarter striking bracket/table clock.

Verge Bracket/Table Clock by Nicolason of London

Verge Bracket/Table Clock by Nicolason of London

The large triple fusee movement of 8 day duration with verge escapement, striking the quarters on 8 bells, the hour on a single bell and repeating on demand. Also striking the last hour on a smaller bell at half past the hour. The backplate profusely engraved with scrolls and foliage and secured to the case with matching brass brackets and seatboard screw. The dial features a silvered brass chapter ring, gilt brass spandrels and also with strike/silent facility to the arch. The centre of the dial showing the makers name and place of work, date aperture and typical serpentine pattern hands of the period.

The exceptional mahogany veneered bell top case with gilt brass caryatids, ornate side frets, carrying handles and scroll feet. The typical bell top surmounted by 5 gilt brass finials and further applied with gilt brass mounts. A superb and impressive example.

Note: Triple fusee bracket clocks from the 18th century whether they be quarter striking or musical are very rare. They were certainly not made in large numbers due to the complexity of their movements. M. Nicolason is not a listed maker and it may in fact be a retailers name or even the owner of the clock.

Price: £18500.000 / Height: 24½” / C.1780

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Latest Acquisition – Regulator Longcase Clock by Bryson of Edinburgh

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Regulator Longcase Clock by Bryson of Edinburgh

An excellent Domestic Regulator by these inventive and well known Scottish clockmakers.

Regulator Longcase Clock by Bryson of Edinburgh

Regulator Longcase Clock by Bryson of Edinburgh

The substantial 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with Deadbeat Escapement and Harrison Maintaining Power. The round silvered brass dial showing both seconds and date dials. Also with matching blued steel hands and signed by the maker to the base of the dial in large capital letters. The large brass pendulum bob with regulation nut and wooden rod.

The beautifully proportioned mahogany veneered case of typical drumhead design with fiddleback veneers to the trunk door flanked by reeded quarter columns and a flame mahogany veneered oval with ebony inlay surround. The base with a raised single moulding and shaped plinth. The hood with glazed concave brass bezel, plain drum shaped top and turned horizontal supports with ebony paterae. The case also with a rare Oatbeard Hygrometer feature below the main dial.

Note: The Bryson family are described as eminent and inventive Clockmakers. Robert Bryson was born in 1778 and died in 1852. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and made a Sidereal Regulator for the Edinburgh Observatory. He had two sons, Alexander and Robert who succeeded him. It’s quite possible that this clock was made by more than one Bryson as it is simply signed ‘Bryson’.

Alexander Bryson was a great inventor including “a new clock impelled by a combination of Gravitation and Electro Magnetism” and “the means of determining the presence of icebergs during fogs or darkness at sea.” This would explain the extremely rare feature of an Oatbeard Hygrometer to the case of this clock. It was most probably used for timekeeping purposes.

Price: £9250.000 / Height: 6’11” / C.1825

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Moonphase Longcase Clock by Nathaniel Hedge of Colchester

An excellent provincial moonphase longcase clock by this well known maker.

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The substantial 8 day duration 5 pillar movement with shaped plates to allow for moonphase wheel and striking the hours on a bell. The 12″ arched silvered brass dial with Roman chapter ring with Arabic minutes, signed by the maker to the centre, sunken seconds ring and centre date feature with a brass pointer. The arch with the unusual feature of the phases of the moon and with profusely engraved scrolls. The dial also with blued steel hands of typical serpentine pattern.

The high quality cabinet work with a solid mahogany trunk door of full length and of a good deep colour and featuring an ornate cast brass escutcheon . The base with a raised shaped panel and terminating in a double plinth. The hood featuring brass inlaid mahogany pillars surmounted with brass Corinthian capitals, a pagoda top with a blind sound fret and three brass ball finials. The hood door also with a matching cast brass escutcheon. The sides of the hood with rectangular inspection windows and quarter cut pillars.

Note: The Hedge family were prolific Clockmakers in Colchester and were in business from the early 18th century until the late 19th century. Nathaniel Hedge junior took over his Father’s business in 1764 and produced a large number of high quality clocks and watches throughout his lifetime. This is an exceptional example. More extensive information can be found in Clock and Watchmaking in Colchester by Bernard Mason.

Price: £13750.000 / Height: 7’11” / C.1785

A Miniature Carriage Clock of the highest quality – Barrauds & Lund – No: 7691, London

Barrauds & Lund – No: 7691, London

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An exceptionally rare miniature Swiss carriage clock with minute repeating movement.

The movement of 8 days duration with a fine Swiss lever escapement repeating by the means of a large button to the top of the case. Repeating the last hour, quarters and minutes on a bell. Access to hand adjustment, winding and regulation is gained by sliding back a brass panel to the base.

The gilt brass case features fluted side columns and Corinthian capitals. The front elevation has a mask surround to the round enamel dial with Arabic numerals, beautifully made brass hands and the retailers name Barrauds & Lunds, Vendors, London, 7691. The clock is enclosed within its original leather carrying case.

Note: Miniature carriage clocks or travelling clocks are rare but to find one which repeats the hours, quarters and minutes is quite exceptional. It only strikes on demand via the large button at the top, It appears to have been made in this way so that the user could reach out in the dead of night and be reminded of the time.

Price: £8500.000 / Height: 3″ / C.1895

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New Arrival – Domestic Regulator Longcase Clock by Whitelaw of Edinburgh

A very unusual Domestic Regulator by these well known makers.

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The 8 day duration high quality movement strikes the hours on a bell and has Harrison Maintaining Power with a round silvered brass dial showing both seconds, date and makers name to the centre. Also with matching blued steel hands and finely engraved Roman chapters. The substantial pendulum bob with a double milled regulation nut and wooden rod.

The unusual mahogany case of drumhead design but with a tapered trunk with excellent fiddle back veneers to both the trunk door and base. The trunk door has an unusual door lock which is positioned at the very top. Upon unlocking, the entire door is removed to gain access to the weights and pendulum. The hood has a glazed and lockable concave brass bezel and a plain round top.

Note: There appear to be three possible makers of this clock listed. Alexander, David and James were all working from the same location in Princes Street in the early 19th century. Due to the lack of a Christian name we can deduce that this clock was possibly made by at least two of the Whitelaw family. David Whitelaw is described as ‘a very ingenious artist in this city’ and is known to have designed a clock for the Royal Society of Edinburgh which featured an escapement that required no oil and a pendulum and ball made from marble.

Price: £9250.000 / Height: 6’5″ / C.1820

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