Month going longcase by John Culliford of Bristol

Month going longcase by John Culliford of Bristol

I don’t usually photograph clocks prior to restoration but this is the exception that makes the rule.

I was so impressed with the fine original condition ( and I had all the kit and caboodle already set up ) that I thought I’d take a few shots.

The 11″ square dial is so attractively laid out and so unusual that I took a few pic’s of that too ( not shown here, but available ).

I might just leave the dial in that slightly grubby, “sleepy” condition rather than the usual “sparkle up.”

The maker – John Culliford of Bristol is well documented in A.J. Moore’s “The Clockmakers of Bristol 1650 – 1900” being known for lantern, bracket, longcase ( 30 hour and 8 day ) but no mention of month going longcases, like this one, so it “ticks all the boxes” – age, quality, rarity, originality, condition and attractiveness.

A rare and interesting find.

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Good afternoon,

It is that time of the week and day again where I update my blog with this weeks news in the Allan Smith Antique Clocks camp.

A busy week with two more excellent clocks photographed and ready to be loaded on to the website –

LCMAH 345 – William Gatford of Uxbridge.


This Longcase Mahogany’s Movement – High quality, 5 pillar , 8 day movement with well executed moondrive and centre sweep date mechanism. Pull hour repeat. Large, high quality, 4 spoke, weight pulleys, “double brass” pendulum bob to flat strip pendulum. Matched pair of brass bound weights. – Price: £16,750

LCMAH 346 – J. Le Roux of London.

This Longcase Mahogany’s Movement – Finely executed 5 pillar movement with hourly ( rack ) striking and pull hour repeat.The centre sweep date work of superb quality. High quality steel strip pendulum with large diameter “double brass,” heavy pendulum bob with calibrated rating nut. Matched pair of brass bound weights. – Price: £19,850

Photographs of the month going “all over” bird and flower marquetry circa 1700 ( prior to restoration ) by John Culliford of Bristol now available. Prior to restoration pic’s taken for 2 reasons –

1. To illustrate the very fine and original condition.
2. The long restoration queue.Unlikely to be started for at least 10 weeks – unless there is serious interest before then.

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Restoration news…

The Gatford of Uxbridge moon phase long case is now fully restored, tested and calibrated.

It’s reasonably unusual in that it it has a high quality “London” mahogany case with two step base and simple break arch top plus brass insert trunk quarter columns. The movement is unusual, in that it apart from the moon phase feature in the arch, it also has centre sweep date. This is a very fine example, beautifully restored and is awaiting photography.

An arguably even more interesting “outskirts of London” longcase is a very good example by Daking of Halstead – again with the classic “London” mahogany simple break arch top, brass insert trunk quarter columns and two step base. This one also has a 12″ breakarch brass dial with moonphases to arch but has the conventional date box above the 6 o’clock position. It has original fan inlays to the base and under the throat moulding. It’s not yet started restoration and it’s very handsome clock is in particularly fine, original condition.

I say arguably more interesting because of the exceptional fan inlaid case.

N.B. It is generally accepted that “London” catchment area clocks with moonphases are quite unusual. I have even seen them described as “rare.”

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Two digital artists have feautured Allan Smith Antique Clocks in ‘Working Beautifully’, their visual archive of twenty-first century workers at one hundred Swindon firms. The exhibition opens in Swindon on 20 May 2013 and is now online.

With a nod towards August Sander’s collection “People of The Twentieth Century” which has been in print for nearly a century, the artists – photographer Nigel Hudson and painter Timothy Cumming – collaborated for over a year to produce a portfolio of over seven hundred digital and mixed media paintings and composite photographs. The works visualise the activity, trades and people of 100 businesses in Swindon.

“We chose Allan Smith Antique Clocks because of its tenacious performance over the recession – they’ve adapted beautifully”, says Cumming.

“We’ve tried to convey the beauty of Allan Smith Antique Clocks, its people and showroom – the moonphase clock faces and their atmosphere of concentration. But we also observed the unique human approach they have there and a sense of their natural pride” says co-artist Hudson.

“To us, it seems that the full British workplace story needs a fuller telling” adds Cumming.

“Slowly, the country’s on the rise, so we wanted to immerse ourselves in the contemporary look of work, its effort and its spirit. And Allan Smith Antique Clocks demonstrates that admirably. Each of the 100 firms we’ve selected has shown the grit and guts necessary to thrive, even in a tricky economic climate. Worries about a triple-dip recession simply do not match the attitude or prosperity that we witness in these firms.”

Working Beautifully features over seven hundred original digital paintings and photographic composites created by Hudson and Cumming over the last twelve months. The images take a glimpse behind the scenes of the some of the South West’s largest and smallest firms. Subjects range from the small – The Sewing Shop, Hatch Engineering and the Magic Kebab House, through to the large – technicians, administrators, managers and support staff of BMW, Nokia Siemens, Intel and Nationwide for example. All images of Allan Smith Antique Clocks can all be found at

Local MP Justin Tomlinson says “The vitality of UK firms is championed by Swindon”. The town has the highest Gross Value Added (GVA) per head in the South West, and the fourth highest GVA per hour in the UK, proving an impressive level of workforce productivity*.

All one hundred firms are featured on a 25 metre ‘tapestry’ created especially for this landmark show. One painting by Cumming and one photographic composite by Hudson will represent each firm. The artists and representatives of the firms, including Allan Smith Antique Clocks, will present the tapestry to Swindon Borough Council after the show.

About the show
The show runs from Monday the 20th-26th of May inclusive at the Brunel Centre in Swindon.
Press event on 20 May 10-11am where Allan Smith Antique Clocks workers, and entrepreneurs and artists will be available for interview at the First Floor Plaza, Brunel Centre in Swindon
Private view on 20 May at 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tapestry donation press event is 28 May, 9.30am, where Allan Smith Antique Clocks will participate in the donation of the tapestry to Forward Swindon at the First Floor Plaza, Brunel Centre in Swindon
Allan Smith Antique Clocks spokesperson is available for interview – please email to arrange

The artists are available for interview by booking with Hunter Williams on 01380 721 944 or Eleanor or Sue on 01793 608708.


Good afternoon,

One of my most recent buys is a very good MONTH going and striking floral marquetry longcase clock by John Culliford of Bristol recorded – became a Burgess in 1692 and worked until 1716.

This example, dating by style, is 1695 – 1700.

John Culliford sometimes seen spelt Gulliford ( or the script mis read ) is a well respected early Bristol maker known also for very good lantern and bracket clocks.

His workshop was known to have been adjacent to the West Front of Christchurch in 1716 and from 1713 to 1716 he was paid a salary of £8-0-0 for looking after Christchurch clock, the premises being leased by the Church to a succession of clockmakers ( who also looked after the church clock ).

Other Bristol antique clocks

Other marquetry longcase clocks

All categories of Antique Longcase Clocks

Managed to buy 3 good longcases recently – all made in Bristol, all 8 day, all mahogany, all bought privately.
 Knight & Withers of Bristol, recorded – St.Augustines Back 1833 – 1837.
8 day, with 12″ breakarch painted dial, the arch painting depicting a tartan kilted figure wearing a plumed bonnet, carrying a shepherd’s crook with a dog at his feet. Background shows a loch scene with church and sheep in the background.Shell painted corner spandrels, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and matching date dial. Punch decorated brass hands. Short door mahogany case with eagle/ball centred swan neck pediment. Typical of Bristol circa 1835.
 Jno. ( John ) Warry of Bristol, recorded – Redcliffe St. 1783 – 1821.
8 day with 12″ breakarch painted dial, the arch with moonphases depicting a coastal fortress + sailing ship to one aspect and a man o’ war to the other. Floral and gilt painted corner spandrels, Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and “sad mouth” date aperture. Punch decorated brass hands. Typical “Bristol” early 19C, nicely proportioned, flame mahogany case, with decorative string inlays to base, trunk, trunk door and hood.Typical “wavy” decoration to inside edge of hood door. Corinthian capitals to rope twist hood columns with matching trunk columns. Eagle/ball centred swan neck pediment. Shallow bracket feet. Typical of Bristol circa 1815.
 Joseph Smith of Bristol, recorded – 63, Broad St. 1760 – 1775.Also recorded as “a fine Clockmaker”.
Superbly executed, 8 day, high quality 5 pillar movement with 12″ breakarch brass dial, the arch having decoratively engraved moonphase “humps,” moonphases with “starry sky” background and signed to “rainbow” over the top of the arch “Joseph Smith Bristol”.Cast brass “feather head” spandrels, finely matted dial centre, square date box above 6 o’ clock position, Strike/Silent indicator at 3 o’clock position, pull hour repeat and blued cut steel hands. Breakarch top to typical, long door solid mahogany, late 18C, “Bristol” case having canted reeded corners to trunk with matching canted reeded corners to base.Side windows to hood. Typical of Bristol circa 1770.
 Very pleased with all 3 clocks, follow the link below to see my huge collection of longacse clocks in all styles.

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My Antique Clocks Background:

As a small child, still in short trousers, I can remember, quite vividly, standing in front of my Great Aunt’s Antique Grandfather Clock, after running an errand for her, sucking on a stripey “bullseye” boiled sweet and being SO impressed and overawed by the magnificent antique clock that dominated the whole room.

I distinctly remember saying to myself “when I’m grown up I’m having one of these”.

Little did I realise that many years later, after a 5 year engineering apprenticeship, qualification as a Precision Engineer and with various Engineering and Management exams under my belt I would leave the Aerospace Industry in 1988 and turn my passion for antique clocks into, not just a business, but also a way of life. I am extraordinarily fortunate that my engineering background has blended so well with my passion for antique clocks and has produced a livelihood and lasting friendships throughout Britain, and indeed, the whole world.

I like to feel that I treat my customers the way I would wish to be treated myself and remind them that they’re not just buying a clock they’re buying my expertise in selecting the finest proportioned, most original, examples available, which are then sympathetically restored to the highest standards under my personal supervision, using only the very best restorers and materials.

Many of my customers have become personal friends and that’s the way I like it. I do what I do because I love it. I’m VERY lucky. Great Aunt Dot’s Antique Longcase Clock had Moonphases, which is what I specialise in. I wonder how my life would be if Great Aunt Dot hadn’t had a longcase clock?

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