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

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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

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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

A Rare Late 18th Century Domestic Regulator by Thomas Reid – Edinburgh

New to the showroom this week we have a very finely made and elegant longcase clock by the eminent maker Thomas Reid of Edinburgh.

Please see below for image and the full description. Clicking through to the website will allow you to view larger images and listen to an audio file which will be uploaded shortly.

Several longcase clocks will be arriving back from restoration in the next few weeks which feature moonphase and regulator quality movements. All will be photographed and uploaded to the website ASAP.

Thomas Reid – Edinburgh

A rare late 18th century Domestic Regulator by this famous maker.


The 8 day duration high quality movement striking the hours on a bell and with Deadbeat Escapement and Harrison Maintaining Power. The round silvered brass dial showing seconds, date, Roman numerals, matching blued steel hands, and the makers name and place of work engraved across the centre of the dial. The silvered dial framed within a brass bezel. The movement complete with its original brass cased weights and substantial wood rod pendulum with large brass bob. The plain but very elegant mahogany cabinet work with the rare use of Pommele mahogany to the trunk door and throughout the rest of the case. The plain base features original bracket feet and a small raised moulding to the main panel. The broken arch pediment with a central finial stand terminating with a gilt ball finial. An extremely elegant example of a late 18th century Scottish Longcase Clock.

Note: Thomas Reid is listed as an eminent maker and was apprenticed to James Cowan on 9th October 1762. For 11 years he lived in London where he appears to have worked for and observed the work of several Master Clockmakers. In 1788 he designed and built the first clock for the spire of St Andrews Parish Church, George Street, Edinburgh. In 1806 he welcomed William Auld into partnership which was the beginning of a long and prosperous business. They specialised in unusual Regulators including Astronomical and long duration.

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Price: £9500.00 / Height: 7’2″ / C.1795

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

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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

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Mahogany Longcase Clock by Francis Perigal of London

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An impressive early London mahogany antique longcase clock.

The 8 day duration 5 pillar movement striking the hours on a bell with an arched brass dial with separate silvered brass chapter ring, matted centre, subsidiary seconds ring and strike/silent facility to the arch.

The well proportioned mahogany case of deep colour with long trunk door and raised panelled base with double plinth, both with fine figured flame veneers. The hood with brass inlaid reeded angle pillars with brass Doric capitals.

The pagoda top with sound fret and surmounted by three brass finials.

Note: Francis Perigal is listed as being Master of the clockmakers company in 1756.

Price: £13,813 / Height: 8’6″ / C.1755

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