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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First sales of 2018 make a happy new year

22 January 2018

Two of the first sales of 2018 suggest that toasts to the future can be drunk from half-full, rather than half-empty, Georgian rummers.

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RAF clocks add touch of colour

15 January 2018

Second World War technology starred at Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) militaria sale at Leyburn.

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The timeless appeal of London’s Golden Age

08 January 2018

Clocks from England’s ‘Golden Age’ provided highlights at two early December sales.

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Pick of the Week: Carriage clock lifted to £75,000

08 January 2018

Top-quality timekeepers of accessible size by major makers are the main strength of the 19th century clock market.

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Giant small clock and mini longcase both tick auction boxes

02 January 2018

Qualifying for the oxymoronic term ‘giant carriage clock’, the 8in (20cm) tall gilt-metal carriage clock shown below had the quality to trigger a bidding battle between specialists at Chilcotts (19.5% buyer’s premium) in Honiton on December 2.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

02 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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ATG letter: Has anyone clocked who W Banks was?

02 January 2018

Can any of your readers help with research into the obscure 17th century clockmaker William Banks?

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Cole carriage clock strikes a chord in Bath auction

13 November 2017

“No one can rival Thomas Cole for engraving in the 19th century,” said director Jamie South after this exhibition-quality carriage clock sold for £26,000 (plus 20% premium) at Gardiner Houlgate in Horsham, Bath, on October 25. It went to an American buyer towards the top end of the estimate.

Re-Memories Antiques

Police appeal for witnesses after 2000 pieces of silver stolen from Kent antiques dealer

29 September 2017

An antiques dealer and Kent Police are calling on the trade to be aware of stolen silver items from a shop in Tenterden in Kent.

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Horologist and inventor Dr John C Taylor honoured with stamp series

18 September 2017

Horologist, inventor and clockmaker Dr John C Taylor OBE will have his life celebrated with a set of postage stamps in the Isle of Man where he lives.

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British Horological Institute launches a clocks and watches fair at its Nottinghamshire headquarters

28 August 2017

A horological story rarely makes the national news, but the announcement that Big Ben is falling silent until 2021 as major conservation work begins rang loud and clear in headlines.

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Shop talk – Gutlin Clocks

17 July 2017

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops, ATG talks to Mark Coxhead. He works at Gutlin Clocks, a 22-year-old father and son family business specialising in buying, selling and repairing antique clocks.

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Business ticking right Berkshire boxes – and striking it Rich in Lewes

17 July 2017

What is selling well in the clocks and watches world? Dealer Warren Wilkinson, who has been collecting and repairing clocks and watches for 40 years and who is a regular standholder at Love Fairs events, is a good man to answer that very question.

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5 Questions: Paul Kembery of Kembery Antique Clocks

10 July 2017

Paul Kembery of Kembery Antique Clocks in the West Country is a regular exhibitor at Antiques for Everyone and will stand at the upcoming edition.

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Bright spark’s invention at Paris auction

12 June 2017

Among several unusual clocks included in the 328-lot dedicated auction to be held in Paris on June 26 by Chayette et Cheval is this 3¾ x 2¾in (9.5 x 7cm) reveil briquet (lighter alarm clock).

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Rediscovered John Fromanteel longcase clock emerges at Bonhams

12 June 2017

In recent years, Bonhams has uncovered several previously unrecorded English Golden Age clocks and at the sale of Fine Clocks on June 29 it will be presenting a recently discovered longcase clock by London maker John Fromanteel.

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Tower of strength as figural clock takes £5000 at Chiswick Auctions

12 June 2017

Figural clocks combining novelty and automaton features were very popular in the 19th century, many of them being of French manufacture.

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Horological high achievers at Sotheby's

12 June 2017

Not all the clocks that go under the hammer feature in dedicated horological sales. Pictured here is a selection of some recent highlights at Sotheby's auctions from mixed-discipline sales.

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Clock to celebrate Garrard's Royal approval sells at £1700

12 June 2017

Established in London in 1735, jeweller Garrard has had a long association with the British Royal family.

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Clocks and watches: craftsmanship with precision timing

12 June 2017

ATG's special report on horological highlights with superb examples of modern craftsmanship, auction previews and results, and the world of wall clocks described by expert Edward Burd...

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