Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

Boulton clock stolen from top London gallery

28 August 2007

A substantial reward is being offered for the return of a George III ormolu and white marble table clock by Matthew Boulton stolen from Knightsbridge dealership Hotspur on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 22.

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Bowyer lantern clock posts £120,000 record

25 June 2007

The date of 1623 puts this timekeeper firmly in the first years of production of what has come to be known as the English lantern clock.

Barometers over 50 years old escape EU mercury ban

11 June 2007

But supplies for repairs could still prove a problem

European dealer to launch Shanghai antiques fair

12 February 2007

BELGIAN art dealer Maximin Berko is the driving force behind the Shanghai Fine Jewellery and Art Fair which will be launched at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from October 13 to 21 this year.

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The power of the unknown Powell

03 January 2007

A late 17th century English musical lantern clock with a musical movement closed the year in style at Moore Allen & Innocent of Norcote near Cirencester when it was bought by a private collector from the Midlands at £22,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer’s premium) on December 8.

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Served best perfectly rare… at £3600 a portion

27 November 2006

Son of Sir James Thornhill, brother-in-law to William Hogarth and serjeant painter to the King, John Thornhill was also a founder member of the Whig Beefsteak Club.

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£18,000 for prize clockwatch

30 October 2006

The highlight of the two-day sale of clocks and watches conducted by Gardiner Houlgate of Corsham, near Bath on October 19-20 was this rare 17th century coach or clockwatch consigned by a Bristol family who had owned it for at least a century. Measuring 31/2in (9cm) across, it is shown here a little over life-size.

Gem show

03 October 2006

RECOMMENDED by Fiona Knapp, who has recently designed a range of jewellery for the Biba label, as one of the best places to buy gemstones in London, the quarterly Rock and Gem Show is held at Kempton Park Racecourse with the next scheduled for October 21 and 22.

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Beady eye on the market

25 September 2006

BEAD-collecting tends to fall between jewellery and tribal art and is often overlooked as a collecting area in its own right.

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Huge gems haul at fair

04 September 2006

THIEVES have raided a fair in Belgium and stolen antique jewellery from one of Europe's leading dealers in period jewellery.

North American barometer trade under pressure

22 August 2006

The North American trade in antique barometers is under threat from mercury management legislation now operating in a dozen states.

Barometers safe under EC ruling

12 April 2006

FEARS that the European Commission’s proposals to restrict the use of mercury could threaten the trade in antique barometers appear to have receded for the time being at least.

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Bidders go with the flow to take Voysey clock to £141,000

22 March 2006

When Buckingham auctioneer John Dickins sold an ebony mantel clock by the pioneering British designer C.F.A. Voysey in September 2004 for £72,000 (see ATG No 1658, October 2, 2004) he was naturally delighted. These highly desirable icons of arts and crafts horology are very scarce (only half a dozen in aluminium, oak or painted oak had been recorded at that point) so a new addition to the canon was noteworthy.

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From Leek to Philadelphia

20 February 2006

It’s unlikely that Peter Stretch (c.1670-1746) of Leek would be remembered among the great clockmakers had he not chosen to board a ship bound for Philadelphia with his wife and family in 1702.

Tiffany case could force eBay to vet every sale

14 February 2006

Tiffany the jewellers are suing eBay in a case that challenges the very formula that has made the online giant such a success.

Observatory’s new galleries will double clock display

23 January 2006

Next month the Royal Observatory, Greenwich will unveil four new galleries designed to tell the story of precision timekeeping.

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The extraordinary tale of Grace under pressure

08 November 2005

The cosy Dorset town of Sherborne is not usually associated with bloody revolution and armed struggle, but Sherborne-based Charterhouse Auctioneers have unearthed two items redolent with memories of the American Revolution.

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Cataloguing clocks adds to collectors’ confidence

27 July 2005

Longcases sell well after prices hit plateauTHE 530 lots offered at Dreweatt Neate’s Bristol rooms in June covered most areas of the antiques trade with the exception of ceramics, but the sale was always going to be dominated by the strong 44-lot clocks section.

Barometers give business climate a boost at Grantham

27 July 2005

Two very good stick barometers, in the popular 1820s form with bowfront and ebony-inlaid mahogany cases, were among the highlights at Grantham.

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Handbags at dawn for Hermès fans

05 May 2005

It’s well known that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but handbags surely come a close second. The two combined can be a killer combination.

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