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Qing dynasty musical automaton clock

Chinese Qing dynasty musical automaton clock – an amalgam of ingenuity and technical prowess – fetches over £1m at auction

24 June 2019

A Chinese musical automaton clock sailed over the £1m mark when it came up for sale at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.

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Eardley Norton clocks chime with bidders

10 June 2019

Eardley Norton, who is listed at 49 St John’s Street, Clerkenwell between 1762- 94, enjoyed a reputation as a skilled mechanic and the maker of complex timepieces, sometimes with musical and astronomical movements.

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Thomas Mercer chronometer made in modern times doubles estimate in Gloucestershire

10 June 2019

By the 1980s, Thomas Mercer of St Albans had made almost a third of all chronometers in history – including that used by Ernest Shackleton to navigate his men to Elephant Island and eventual rescue during the Trans-Arctic Expedition of 1914.

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Thomas Cole bracket clock leads group of unusual and more familiar works

10 June 2019

A rare regulator bracket clock signed by Thomas Cole was among a fine selection of English 18th and 19th century horology offered by Hutchinson-Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on May 23.

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Complex clocks make sharp auction sellers

10 June 2019

The complex precision electromechanical pendulum clocks made by William Hamilton-Shortt, engineer for the London & South Western Railway, and Frank Hope Jones, horologist of the Synchronome Company, were the most accurate pendulum clocks ever commercially produced.

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Chiswick Auctions offers chronometer with Titanic connection

10 June 2019

During an expedition to the wreck of the Titanic in 1996, a marine chronometer made by JW Ray, Liverpool, was recovered and brought ashore.

Great Western Railway brass cased drum clock

Full steam ahead: 5 pieces of railwayana available at auction this week

15 August 2018

Railway-related items remain one of the staples of the collectables market, with rarity and links to locomotive history among the key factors determining demand. Here ATG selects a small group of items from the healthy supply of lots on offer at two auctions taking place this week.

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Clock dealer prefers leisurely open weekends over fairs and the internet

02 July 2018

For Paul Nunn, founder of antique clocks and barometers dealership Olde Time, the virtues of fairs and the internet have always been secondary to that of the physical shop.

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Masterpiece keeps up with the times as a showpiece for horology

11 June 2018

As a showpiece for horology, the 'Masterpiece' fair lives up to its name. For all its welcome focus on the cool of 21st century collecting, at its core the 'Masterpiece' fair is a high-quality antiques show in the tradition of the Grosvenor House fair it replaced.

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A collecting golden age: clockmaking assembly highlights timeless 17th century classics

11 June 2018

A forthcoming exhibition of two private collections spotlights both the genius of 17th century clockmaking and the remarkable objects the market has yielded across a generation.

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Cheshire clock at Arley Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair

07 May 2018

An eight-day longcase clock is a stand-out item of local interest at the upcoming Arley Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair.

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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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Chinese automaton clock chimes at Paris auction

08 May 2017

Classic antiques from furniture and works of art to scientific instruments and a Roman marble torso all feature in Artcurial’s evening sale in its Paris rooms on May 16.

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Harrison medal for horologist Taylor

07 December 2015

Dr John C Taylor, the horologist, inventor and clockmaker, has been given the Harrison Medal by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for his services to horology.

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Auctionata set €2.8m house record for Chinese clock

10 July 2015

Berlin online auction house Auctionata set a house record when this Chinese enamel, ivory-mounted and paste-set musical and automaton clock was sold for €2.8m (£2.15m), or €3.37m including premium.

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Thomas Loomes clocks: two come along at once

07 May 2015

Two lantern clocks engraved with the signature ‘Thomas Loomes at ye mermayd in Lothbury’ recently appeared at auction within days of each other.

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Dealers bring Scott’s ‘Golden Age’ clocks back to market

24 April 2015

What is billed as “the best collection of English clocks that has come to the market in living memory” will go on sale later this year at Winchester dealers Carter Marsh.

Harrison’s timekeepers on show

24 March 2014

All five of John Harrison’s famous timekeepers will be on display in a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum this summer.

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A slave to the clock

15 November 2013

Gents of Leicester, the first company to market electric bells in the UK, began to produce the electric clock system, known eventually as the Pulsynetic in the first decade of the 20th century.

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Dealers give strong showing for horology at summer fairs

01 August 2013

As single disciplines go, English clocks are among the London summer fairs’ strongest suits.