Latest Acquisition – Regulator Longcase Clock by Bryson of Edinburgh

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

View Full details

Moonphase Longcase Clock by Nathaniel Hedge of Colchester

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


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

New Arrival – Domestic Regulator Longcase Clock by Whitelaw of Edinburgh

A very unusual Domestic Regulator by these well known makers.



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

View Full Details

New Arrival @ P A Oxley – Antique Chinoiserie Longcase Clock…

Our latest longcase clock is shown below. As always larger images can be viewed on our website along with an Audio file. This is an excellent example which was in a good state of preservation considering its age. Our very talented restoration team have now returned it to its former glory to be enjoyed for another 250 years.

Arriving soon….

Several new items will be arriving in the next few weeks. These include two Domestic Regulators by the well known Scottish Clockmakers Bryson and Whitelaw, a Chamfer Top Bracket Clock by Tobias of London, a rare drop dial wall clock by Dutton of Fleet Street, London and a rare Quarter Striking C.1775 mahogany bracket clock by Nicolason of London.

Chinoiserie Longcase Clock by Joseph Herring of London

An excellent faux tortoiseshell lacquered longcase clock with well preserved Chinoiserie decoration.


The 8 day duration 5 pillar movement striking the hours on a bell and with 12″ arched brass dial with separate silvered brass chapter ring, matted centre showing both seconds, date, the makers name on a silvered brass cartouche and brass spandrels to the corners. The arch with a Strike/Silent facility and typical spandrels of the period depicting sea creatures.

The restored faux tortoiseshell lacquered case with gold Chinoiserie decoration to the trunk door and base depicting houses, flowers, figures and a man playing a musical instrument. The base with a double plinth and further decoration. The hood with attached angle pillars with gilt wooden capitals, glazed access door and inspection windows to the side and a broken arch top with pagoda and three gilt wood finials.

Note: Joseph Herring of London is listed as working between 1767-1810 and as Liveryman of the Clockmakers Company. In 1770 Blackfriars Bridge was built across the River Thames. It was designed by the well known architect Robert Mylne.

Price: £10250.000 / Height: 8’2″ / C.1770

Full Details

Newsletter, New Website & New Arrival @ P A Oxley Antique Clocks

We have also been very busy developing our new website which has just gone live, its now fully optimised for Smartphones and Tablets. You can view the clocks and barometers by clicking the arrows or by swiping the screen. By clicking each product you can view larger images as before, a full description and of course the very popular audio files. You can also now purchase our clocks and barometers online using our secure integrated server.

There are also two new pages discussing ‘Exporting a longcase clock’ and also a ‘Press’ page for media events and advertising features. We hope you will not only enjoy the new website, but also enjoy viewing our fine selection of antique clocks and barometers for years to come.

New Arrival – Strange & Son of Kingston Upon Thames……

One of our most recent longcase clocks that is new to the website and to our showrooms in Wiltshire is this very appealing mahogany longcase clock from Kingston Upon Thames. It has some unusual features and is very elegant in its design. Please click here to view the clock on the website.

An unusual Mahogany longcase by this well established Clockmaking family.

The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with a 12″ square painted dial with a Roman chapter ring, Arabic minutes at each quarter and subsidiary seconds and date dials. The makers name and place of work signed to the middle of the dial. Also with matching blued steel hands of typical diamond pattern.

The London style case with a long trunk door veneered with excellent figured mahogany of good colour and patina. The base also with similar veneer with an applied moulding and a shaped double plinth terminating with pads. The hood with reeded pillars and brass Doric capitals, quarter pillars to the rear and an unusual domed pediment with three blocks topped with three brass ball finials.

Note: Thomas Strange is listed as working in Kingston Upon Thomas from 1791 to 1824. There appears to be 3 generations working at some point in this area for a t least 100 years or more.

Price: £8750.000 / Height: 7’3″ / C.1810

New Arrivals – 2 Antique Moonphase Longcase Clocks

Two longcase clocks, both with moonphase features to the arch but with around 100 years between them in date and of course very different in design and stature.

The first is by Thomas Eastwick of London. Not a known maker as far as I can see so far but he obviously had access to the finest casemakers and from the quality of the movement he was also a very fine clockmaker. The use of a Moonphase in London is actually quite a rare feature indeed.

The cabinet work displays some very fine Chinoiserie work, including seven horses in various displays and guises. At 8’9″ the case is very impressive and is perfectly proportioned in every way. A very fine example of early 18th century Clockmaking.

The second clock is by Abraham of Frome. A smaller and plainer clock of course but with the added extra of a Moonphase again. Although the Moonphase feature was quite commonly used in the West Country its not usually found in an oak case. They are more often seen in mahogany cases from this area and period. Again, this longcase clock is very well proportioned and has a very good light coloured oak throughout. A very nice example.

Thomas Eastwick – London

An impressive 18th century Chinoiserie/Lacquered longcase clock with rare Moonphase feature to the arch.


The 8 day duration five pillar movement striking the hours on a bell and with the fifth pillar latched. The full brass dial with separate silvered brass chapter ring, engraved matted centre, blued steel hands, date aperture, the makers name engraved on an unusual basket shaped cartouche and enclosed by four brass spandrels. The arch featuring a rare early moonphase with further engraving including a finely engraved Phoenix to each Hemisphere. The actual disc with engraved silvered brass Moons and stars. The hugely impressive Chinoiserie decorated case with a green/brown ground and featuring a total of seven horses throughout the main trunk and base. Also featuring birds, lions, trees, buildings, flowers and a horse drawn carriage to the base and standing on a solid double plinth. The hood with separate brass capped pillars and quarter pillars to the rear with gilt capitals. The double domed pediment with a full caddy top with finely executed fretwork and three gilt wooden finials.

Note: Moonphase longcase clocks were not very commonly made in London. This is a particularly fine example with excellent lacquer work throughout the case and an exquisite dial to match.

View Full Details

Price: £19500.00 / Height: 8’9″ / C.

Oak Longcase Clock with Moonphase by Abraham of Frome

An excellent oak longcase clock with Moonphase.


The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with an arched white dial showing seconds, date, Arabic numerals, flowers to each corner and a moonphase feature to the arch. The makers name signed to the centre of the dial and with very finely made matching blued steel hands. The mainly oak case of typical West Country design with ebony and boxwood inlay and mahogany veneers to the hood. The trunk door and base flanked by canted corners with the latter standing on bracket feet. The hood with brass capped reeded pillars and a swan neck top with brass paterae and a brass eagle finial.

Note: Moses Abraham was working in Cheap Street, Frome between 1810-23. He is recorded as employing three servants. He later moved to Bristol.

View Full Details

Price: £5,500 / Height: 7’3″ / C.1820

Scottish Antique Longcase Clock by Pirrie of Perth

An excellent example of Scottish clock making.


The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell with arched white dial showing date, seconds, matching brass hands and Roman numberals with Arabics at each quarter. The arch of the dial depicting Queen Marys escape from Loch Leven Castle on 2nd May 1568 and the four continents to each corner.

The fine mahogany case with flame veneers set within panels to both trunk and base. The trunk flanked by twisted quarter columns. The hood with brass capped twisted angle pillars and swan neck top with central brass finial.

Note: John Pirrie of Perth is recorded as working at 1 King Street in 1820. He died in 1857. In 1848 he is listed as being appointed Receiving Postmaster.

Price: £5,950 / Height: 7'3" / C.1830

P A Oxley Antique Clocks

Domestic Regulator Longcase Clock by James Bell of Edinburgh

Domestic Regulator Longcase Clock by James Bell of Edinburgh

An excellent quality Domestic Regulator with unusual gong striking.


The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a gong with is mounted on the backboard. The substantial movement also with Deadbeat Escapement and Harrison Maintaining Power. The round silvered brass dial showing seconds, Roman numerals, matching blued steel hands and the makers name engraved above the number VI. The dial framed within a gilt wooden sight ring.

The plain mahogany case of perfect proportions and featuring fiddle back veneer, a glazed trunk door with a veneered backboard. The glazed door displaying a fine pair of brass cased weights, a substantial wood rod pendulum with rating nut for extra precision regualtion and in beat scale mounted to the rear of the case. The plain base features a single plinth and to the pediment, a typical Edinburgh architectural top.

Note: James Bell is listed as working during the early part of the 19th century and was based at number 3 Potterow, Canongate. In the 1841 Census he was 40 years old, married and had 5 children.

Price: £9,250 / Height: 6’7″ / C.1850

View More

Tallest Clock We Have Had In Over 40 Years!!!!

Standing at 9ft 6 inches this is one of the tallest longcase clocks that we have had in over 40 years!

It only needs to be wound 12 times a year and is nearly 300 years old!!

Check it out here on our website –


Oak Longcase/Grandfather Clock by Shepley of Stockport with Moonphase


A very good example of North Country Clockmaking.

The 8 day duration movement striking the hours on a bell and with a brass bobbed pendulum and cast iron weights. The square dial with a silvered brass chapter ring, seconds, date and moonphase feature to the centre. Also with brass spandrels to the corners, engraved matted centre and original blued steel hands. The well proportioned oak case with walnut crossbanding to both trunk and base and standing on four ogee feet. The hood with separate plain oak pillars, wooden capitals, caddy top and blind fretwork above the dial.

Note: John Shepley was obviously quite an accomplished and inventive maker as shown by the complicated striking mechanism within this particular clock. He was working in the latter half of the 17th century and died in 1750.

Price: £6,163 / Height: 7’5″ / C.1745

Blog at