A rare third quarter of the 19th century burr walnut L & N.W.R. railway station mantel/bracket clock Jonathan Walker of Regent Street London no.(5221)
Lot 489
A rare 19th century burr walnut L & N.W.R. railway station mantel/bracket clock Jonathan Walker of Regent Street London no.(5221)
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 6,865) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare 19th century burr walnut L & N.W.R. railway station mantel/bracket clock
Jonathan Walker of Regent Street London no.(5221)
The stepped top with glass aperture over heavy bevelled glass sides, to an ogee moulded plinth base on block feet, the 5.75 inch square silvered Roman dial with blued steel hands signed L & N.W.R. JNo Walker, 77 Cornhill & 230 Regent St and numbered 6603 above the winder apperture, the chain fusee movement with anchor escapement. Enamel inventory plate numbered 5221 on reverse. With key pendulum and winder. 32cm (12.5") high

Footnotes

  • Prior to the Great War, the West Coast Route was owned by two railway companies. From Euston Station, London, to the Scottish border the line was owned by the London & North Western Railway, and from the border northwards it was owned by the Caledonian Railway. Also, as its name suggests, the London and North Western Railway served the north-west of England.
    Before the the railways there was no universal time standard in Great Britain. This was of little importance to those journeying on foot, and merely an inconvenience to other travellers due to the low speeds imposed by horse traction. After the mid-1830's the expansion of Britain's railway network increasingly required trains to keep to set schedules, due in part to the need to make connections at the proliferating number of railway junctions. The railway companies sometimes faced concerted resistance from groups of local people, especially the Church of England, despite this early reluctance, 'railway time' rapidly became adopted as the default time across the whole of Great Britain although it took until 1880 for the Government to legislate on the establishment of a single standard time and a single time zone for the country and until 1916 before the new standard railway time was taken into use everywhere on Great Britain's railways.
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