Time pieces…

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young & Mawer Auctioneers & Valuers
Featured in:
May 2015

The English bracket clock is thought to have originated in the 1660s. The combination of design and innovative mechanisms appeals to modern collectors.
Originally bracket clocks would have been placed on brackets to allow the weights and pendulum to hang down. As the clock design evolved through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the term mantel or table clocks would have been a more appropriate description but the name ‘bracket clock’ stuck and became the generic term to describe spring driven clocks that did not hang from the wall or stand on the floor.

Bracket clocks were driven by verge escapements until the 1800s. Silvered and brass dials were used from the 1760s and painted dials from the end of the eighteenth century. Most cases were ebonised and decorated with ormolu mounts, brass inlay and wood or tortoiseshell veneers. The backplates were often profusely engraved with scroll motif patterns and the name of the maker.

Another common feature is repeat striking movements that could repeat the striking of the hour by pulling a cord or pushing a button. This was to enable the clock to be read or heard at night prior to the invention of artificial light. Some also combined musical chimes.
Illustrated here are four examples of clocks selling in our Lincolnshire auction rooms.



Never miss a copy!

Big savings when you take out a subscription.

YOUR FAVOURITE NEEDS YOU! We need your nominations – Celebrating Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality businesses in our Taste of Excellence Food and Drink Awards 2022. Click here to vote bit.ly/lincstasteawardsWe are asking you, customers and connoisseurs of the best eateries, hospitality venues, producers, pubs and venues, to send in your nominations for businesses across the county, between May and August, in the following categories:• Best Restaurant of the Year• Best Dining Pub of the Year• Best Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year• Best Farm or Local Shop of the Year• Best Food to your Door• Best Bakes or Sweet Treat of the Year• Best Drinks Product of the Year• Best Producer of the Year• Best Hotel of the Year• Best Wedding Venue of the Year• Best Bed and Breakfast of the Year• Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year• Best Newcomer of the Year• Business.VisitLincolnshire Green and Sustainable AwardClosing date for nominations 26th August 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago  ·