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Consigned by a local private, the unsigned clock had the unusual addition of a calendar aperture. “Although the clock was unsigned we knew it was a thing of quality as only the top flight clockmakers had the talent to incorporate such a function,” said auctioneer Richard Bromell.

This being so, he had reasonable expectations that the clock would sell rather better than the estimate of £800-1200 suggested.

Nevertheless, it exceeded all hopes when two specialist clock dealers set their hearts on it. A protracted bidding battle ensued and the eventual victor had to go to £11,500 to secure the clock.