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 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.

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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.

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Price: £5,500 / Height: 7’3″ / C.1820

Oak Longcase/Grandfather Clock by Shepley of Stockport with Moonphase

Moonphase Longcase Clocks – P A Oxley Antique clocks

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

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