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Date & Start Time: Wednesday 19th July 2017 - 11.00am

Viewings: 17th & 18th July 2pm to 5pm, 19th July 2pm to 5.50pm.

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We are delighted to offer a special sale of clocks collected by a Devon family over generations. The auction features two rare 19th century longcase regulator clocks, one of which has been until recently on display at the National Trust property Buckland Abbey, find out more about this fascinating collection Read more.

This wil be a live online auction and the catalogue will be updated throughout June with further images and details. If you have an interest in the sale or wish to consign a suitable item please contact us now.

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A 19th century longase regulator clock, the dial inscribed 'Bennett, Plymouth', in 'Gothic' mahogany case inlaid with a brass stringing and glazed door. C 1805. Trade plate of Bennett of Plymouth, the movement with agate pallets, dead beat escapement, and Harrison maintaining power, massive pendulum and going weight. Formerly on loan to the National Trust property Buckland Abbey. Beneath the front plate of the movement there is a stamp for 'G JAMISON'. JAMISON. George. London, Portsea and Portsmouth. 1786 -1810. Partner with Wm HOWELLS and P.P. BARRAUD in making Mudge's timekeepers up to 1799. Each partner continued his own business. Expert on Mudge's Chronometers. 'Chron. Maker to the High Commrs. Of the Navy.' --- George. Liverpool. This is probably the Bennett who moved to Totnes where he set up a new workshop, from 'Devon Clock and Clockmakers' by Clive N. Ponsford, BENNETT (BENNET), Plymouth. 'Died . . . At Plymouth, Mr Bennet, aged 65, father of Mr Bennet, watchmaker, Buckwell St' (Western Times, 9 Apr 1836). Month regulator signed 'Bennett Plymouth' but with 'George Jamison' stamped on the bottom of the plate and pulley (correspondence - Antiquarian Horology). Baillie lists George Jamison, London, Portsea and Portsmouth, 1786 - 1810. BENNETT, CHARLES: Totnes, High St, 1883-1902 and later (D). BENNETT, JOSEPH: Totnes. Watchmaker, Fore St, 1850 - 73 (D). BENNETT. JOSEPH WEEKES: Kingsbridge, 49 Fore St, 1866-93 (D). From - Watch and Clockmakers of the World. G.H. Baillie. Click to view larger size image
The Jamison stamp Click to view larger size image
Harvey Denton & Co., a 19th century regulator longase clock, with flame mahogany case, dead beat escapement and Harrison maintaining power, a replacement pendulum made by Harvey of Paignton c. 1963. (Michael Grayhurst (1765-1839) and (James?) Harvey were in business as gold/silversmiths, watchmakers and jewellers at 65, Strand from c1810. By 1834 they'd grown to become Grayhurst, Haarvey, Denton & Co. at 64, Strand and by 1840, they had a second shop at 128 Regent Street. Click to view larger size image
The Aitken Regulator Bracket Clock, in an ebonised case, With Prize remontoire escapement, circa 1824, ref. 'Its About Time', Paul Chamberlain, Holland Press, 1964. Pp.185 186. Figs 81 & 82 show an escapement for which John Aitken was given a prize by the Society of Arts in 1824. The escape wheel G is driven by a helical spring to one end of which is attached to the escape wheel hub and the other to a pinion g loose on the arbor. The third wheel F of the clock engages the pinion g and the pinion h. The third wheel through the pinion g winds the helical spring whenever it turns. The arbor which carries the pinion h also carries 8 long pins or teeth which ride on the arbor of the escape wheel except when an appropriate notch presents itself to allow the pin to pass. When a pin escapes the third wheel is free to turn and wind the helical spring. It is obvious that although the force of the escape wheel is not affected by changes or inequalities of the train force the resistance to unlocking varies with inequalities.. Click to view larger size image
The Aitken movement. Click to view larger size image
Carriage Clocks. Click to view larger size image
Thwaites & Reed, a rare 19th century Watchmans or Tell Tale clock, in an oak veneered case, Ref. 'The Nineteenth Century Watchmans Clock'. Dr. A. A. L. Thomas. 'Antiquarian Horological Journal'. Vol XI. No 5. Pp 496, 502, It has been suggested that the clock was made for the NewHouses of Parliament. c. 1838. In the British Museum is the major part of the movement of an early recording clock by Thwaites and Reed made to the design of Whitehurst. This consists of a typical small square plate timepiece suich as might be in any 30-hour longcase clock of about 1800. It has a 4 inch diameter brass dial which rotates as if it were the hour hand. The pins in these 49 holes really are pin-like with round heads and a slight taper. A lever would press a pin down when the watchman operated the mechanism, thus marking his visit. A returning cam pushed the pin out again eleven hours laster as the dial revolved. An over-energetic pull by the watchman could have jammed the taper pin in its hole which might then stop the clock when this pin came against the returning cam.  
Weill & Harburg, a fine 19th century Swiss Music Box, Playing 6 Airs Voix Clestes, 1 Paul & Virginie Un Navire Quitte, (a Sailing boat leaves) Meas 2 Guilleme Tell Accour dans ma nacelle. (running in my rowboat) Rossini 1829 3 Faust Choeur des moissonneurs. (Choir of the Harvesters) Gounod 1859 4 Le Petit Duc Le Leon de chat, ou Masucha Lecocq 1878 5 Les Cloches de Polka Planquette 1887 Corneville 6 Valse Les Belles Amricaines Offenbach 1876 Dates refer to the earliest year that the piece of music can have been available. From - Arthur W.J.D. Ord-Hume. 'Musical Box'. George Allen & Unwin. 1980 WEILL & HARBURG, Geneva. A maker of musical boxes who had a London office at 3 Holborn Circus and who ceased trading early in the 1880s. Their combs were always stamped 'Trade Mark/W. & H./Patent' and their initials also appeared on the tune sheets, which bore the legend 'Patent Indicator combined with Arrangement for Changing the Tunes at Will'. The characteristic referred to was patented in England in February 1869 (Brit. Pat. No. 593) by Henry Harburg, and consisted of a modified form of controls. The stop/start lever was fitted as an extension to the Y- lever of the gear train detent, and the change-repeat lever was integral with the change-wheel finger. On organ boxes, bellows feeder drive was by crank lever in place of the usual eccentric wheel in the gear train. 6 Airs Voix Clestes Click to view larger size image
A fine 19th century French Jewellery Box Click to view larger size image
A mid 19th century mahogany cased eight day marine chronometer, signed 'Barraud's, London, 932, With chain fusee movement with maintaining power, the 4.5 inch signed and numbered silvered Roman dial with blued steel hands, running seconds below XII and state of wind aperture giving the duration left to run in upper case script, in a gimballed bowl, in the lower section of the mahogany case, the mahogany case with original unrestored surfaces. 19cm square x 21cm high. Label inside:- F Smith & Sons Chronometer Makers and Compass Adjusters, 23 OXFORD STREEY SOUTHAMPTON Ship Sardonyx Folio Sardonyx (steamer) The steamship Sardonyx was purchased by the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company and placed on the route between Portland and British Columbia ports as a feeder for the Canadian Pacific Railway.[in 1887]. E. W. Wright, Large Increase in British Columbia's Inland and Ocean Steam Fleet, Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. New York: Antiquarian Press, Ltd., 1961., p.344. Paul Philip Barraud was a fine clock and chronometer maker, he worked from Cornhill, London. Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1810 and a partner with W. Howells and George Jamison in 1797 - 1799 for making Thomas Mudge's Timekeepers. Model 992 is held at the Science Museum. Click to view larger size image
The Barraud 932 Dial Click to view larger size image