Clocks

The finest clocks from the English Golden Age – the period c.1660-1725 when huge strides were made in horology – are rare on the market. But this category embraces collectable timekeepers from all periods and places – from German table clocks and the classic Georgian longcase to the Victorian slate mantel clock and the advent of electricity.


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Top stories this week including a Hanover Tompion clock selling for £3.5m

07 July 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included the news a Hanover Tompion clock was sold for £3.5m at The Treasure House Fair.

Hanover Tompion

Hanover Tompion sells for £3.5m at the Treasure House Fair

01 July 2024

A Thomas Tompion masterpiece was the star turn at The Treasure House Fair. Carter Marsh & Co. sold it in the same city where it was created 300 years ago.

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A family provenance to chew on: collection bought with proceeds of a biscuit empire

01 July 2024

Two days needed to disperse items collected over generations thanks to biscuit production success

Curious visitors enjoying their time at Carter Marsh and Co. 

The Treasure House Fair returns with a lively opening

27 June 2024

Key event in the summer calendar opens its doors once again

Thomas Tompion, Estimate £60,000 £90,000

Tompion table clock stolen 31 years ago comes to auction following agreement

26 June 2024

Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale on July 3 includes a table clock by Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) that comes for sale via an unorthodox route.

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Best of British: Bullock longcase on offer in Heidelberg

17 June 2024

If proof were needed that regional British clockmakers were as capable of making impressive works as those of London colleagues, then an 18th century longcase clock being sold by Metz on July 19-20 in Heidelberg without reserve, provides it.

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Prophet and profits of horology auctions held in Germany and Switzerland

17 June 2024

Moses automaton watch is one of the stand-out hammer highlights in recent sales

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Obituary: Horologist Derek Roberts

03 June 2024

Derek Roberts, who has died aged 93, was an antiquarian horologist, author and dealer, who brought the modern world into a previously somewhat rarified business.

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Lighthouse clock right on time in Norfolk auction

27 May 2024

One lot entered into TW Gaze’s dedicated Clocks & Watches auction in Diss on May 16 caused a wave of interest among maritime historians.

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Arts & Crafts clock comes with a fairytale ending

06 May 2024

This impressive clock featured in the sale held by Dorset firm Busby (25% buyer’s premium) on April 18.

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Horology holds the attention during a four-day sale

06 May 2024

Around 200 lots of clocks and watches feature in a strong section as part of a four-day sale

Returned clock

Stolen 18th century bracket clock returned to museum after more than 20 years

30 April 2024

An 18th century bracket clock by the English clockmaker Thomas Hunter Jr (c.1760-70) has been recovered after being stolen 23 years ago.

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ATG letter: Does this clock in Queensland have the look of a French Morey design?

29 April 2024

I came across a clock on thesaleroom.com which sold for €110 at the Derksen Veilingbedrijf auction house in Arnhem in 2022.

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Cole clock now with Oz dealer

08 April 2024

This parcel gilt silver cased cheval clock by Thomas Cole (1800-64) is hallmarked for London 1850 and the maker John Samuel Hunt of Hunt & Roskell.

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Celebrated John C Taylor collection shown online

08 April 2024

The digital museum Clocktime opened last month with an event at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.

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Clocks & watches: Fret design points to hand of famed maker

08 April 2024

Castings on Charles I era lantern clock suggests the work of William Bowyer

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Simple style but 1950s watches can be high tech

11 March 2024

Beneath the simple ‘1950s dress watch’ styling, the Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic hides a lot of post-war tech.

The Selby Lowndes Tompion

Digital museum to fuel interest in clocks and watches

19 February 2024

A digital museum showcasing items from the celebrated clock collection of John C Taylor launches next month.

Stolen mantel clock

Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.

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