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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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 –
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
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.
To see my full collection visit – www.allansmithantiqueclocks.co.uk
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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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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 ).
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