Rare Historic Timepieces At Bonhams London Fine Clocks Sale

Fine Clocks
11 Jul 2018
London, New Bond Street

A fine late-17th century quarter repeating table clock by Thomas Tompion leads Bonhams Fine Clocks Sale in London on Wednesday 11 July. It is estimated at £200,000-300,000.

Bonhams Director of Clocks James Stratton said, "Thomas Tompion was one of the finest clockmakers of his day, and numbered the crowned heads and nobility of Europe among his customers. The clock in our sale was made in 1695, and runs as well today as when new."

Other highlights of the sale include:

An historic skeleton clock by James Condiff of Liverpool, presented to William Scoresby in 1833. William Scoresby (1789-1857) was born in Whitby and was an Arctic explorer, scientist and clergyman. He also travelled to Australia and America. A crater on the Moon, and the Scoresby Sound fjord in Greenland that he mapped in in 1822 were named in his honour. Estimate: £30,000-40,000

A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated lantern clock made by William Bowyer of London in 1617. Lantern clocks – which were designed to hang on the wall – were the first type of clock widely used in private homes. They became popular in Britain from the 1620s onwards making this clock an extremely rare early example. Other types of domestic clock began to appear during the 18th century and by the mid-1800s lantern clocks had all but disappeared. Estimate £20,000-30,000.

A 19th century carriage clock that belonged to George V in his youth. It was a present from his elder brother, Albert, when the two Princes joined the cadet training ship HMS Britannia at Dartmouth in 1877. Albert died in 1892 and George acceded to the throne in 1910. The clock was given by King George's wife, Queen Mary, to her personal housemaid, Mary Speller. Estimate £800-1,200.


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