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English Clocks

As soon as clocks became small enough to move into castles, stylish timepieces have had a place in the royal households of England. By the 16th century, clocks made their way into the courts of English royals and nobility. Today, English clocks are prized by royals, nobility, and others with a taste for distinctive timepieces.

Improvements on existing models of watch and clockmaking placed English makers at the head of the timepiece industry by the late 17th century. English clockmakers continue to produce fine examples of traditional English clocks including lantern, mantel, table, carriage, and grandfather clocks. In the late 19th century, Wedgwood, the company famous for crafting fine ceramics, began producing clocks as well. Wedgwood clocks are included in the collection at the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

A gilt-bronze wall clock adorns the hall of Windsor Castle dating back as far as 1530. Reputedly given as a wedding present to Anne Boleyn by Henry VIII on their wedding day, the clock boasts a top decorated with foliage and scrolls containing the bell, above which climbs a leopard holding a shield bearing the royal coat of arms. Queen Victoria later purchased the clock, and today it remains in the Royal Collection Trust of Queen Elizabeth II.


Quick Facts

  • A late 18th century brass lantern clock for the Turkish market made by Ralph Gout realized a price of $4,173 at an auction by Christie’s in 2013
  • A mid-19th century patinated bronze striking and repeating carriage clock with Indian history made by London clockmaker James McCabe sold for $12,048 at a Bonham’s auction in 2009
  • A William Dorrell mahogany table clock circa 1790 sold for $6,371 at an auction by Sotheby’s in 2005

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Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Art Nouveau /Goth Pewter Mirror Pendant, England
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$507 Bids
Stockuhr/ Bracket Clock Stil, wohl England, 20. Jh.
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Stockuhr/ Bracket Clock Stil, wohl England, 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Königstein GmbH
Est: €0- €0
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FRODSHAM, GRACECHURCH STREET, LONDON. A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY TRIPLE FUSEE QUARTER CHIMING BRACKET CLOCK
Dec 02, 9:30 AM GMT
FRODSHAM, GRACECHURCH STREET, LONDON. A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY TRIPLE FUSEE QUARTER CHIMING BRACKET CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £800- £1,200
£4001 Bid
HAMILTON & INCHES, EDINBURGH. AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY MANTEL CLOCK
Dec 02, 9:30 AM GMT
HAMILTON & INCHES, EDINBURGH. AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY MANTEL CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £60- £80
£300 Bids
British Art Deco Oak and Chrome Desk Clock, 1930s
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
British Art Deco Oak and Chrome Desk Clock, 1930s
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
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Rapport Of London Carriage Clock
Dec 11, 7:00 PM GMT
Rapport Of London Carriage Clock
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £175- £250
£1700 Bids
Quincy Heavy Brass Carriage Clock, Sgn , England
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Quincy Heavy Brass Carriage Clock, Sgn , England
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
VICTORIAN DELPH CASED MANTEL CLOCK
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
VICTORIAN DELPH CASED MANTEL CLOCK
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
VICTORIAN ANGLO-AMERICAN MARQUETRY WALL CLOCK
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
VICTORIAN ANGLO-AMERICAN MARQUETRY WALL CLOCK
by Sheppards
Est: €150- €250
€900 Bids
VICTORIAN DELPH CASED MANTEL CLOCK
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
VICTORIAN DELPH CASED MANTEL CLOCK
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY SILENT ELECTRIC CLOCK CO. MASTER CLOCK
Dec 02, 9:30 AM GMT
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY SILENT ELECTRIC CLOCK CO. MASTER CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
Kitney & Co Vintage Gold Plated Desk Clock, Made in England
Dec 11, 7:00 PM GMT
Kitney & Co Vintage Gold Plated Desk Clock, Made in England
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £90- £200
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Fine Quality English regency ebon cased bracket clock having silver dial Signed W. Potts of Leeds H35 W27
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Fine Quality English regency ebon cased bracket clock having silver dial Signed W. Potts of Leeds H35 W27
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Est: AUD2,000- AUD3,000
AUD1,6000 Bids
A George III lacquered longcase clock by Christopher Pinchbeck, London,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III lacquered longcase clock by Christopher Pinchbeck, London,
by Cheffins
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
A George III mahogany 8 day longcase clock by John Distin of Guernsey
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III mahogany 8 day longcase clock by John Distin of Guernsey
by Martel Maides
Est: £400- £500
£3000 Bids
A George III oak and mahogany 8 day longcase clock by John Kent of Manchester
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III oak and mahogany 8 day longcase clock by John Kent of Manchester
by Martel Maides
Est: £400- £500
£3000 Bids
A George III 30 hour longcase clock by Francis Pile, Honiton
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III 30 hour longcase clock by Francis Pile, Honiton
by Martel Maides
Est: £150- £200
£1000 Bids
Edwardian English clock in oak wood with lemongrass marquetry.
Dec 13, 5:00 PM CET
Edwardian English clock in oak wood with lemongrass marquetry.
by Ansorena
Est: €90- €120
€600 Bids
JOHN WRENCH, CHESTER. A GEORGE II TIDAL MUSICAL BRACKET CLOCK WITH MOONPHASE
Dec 02, 9:30 AM GMT
JOHN WRENCH, CHESTER. A GEORGE II TIDAL MUSICAL BRACKET CLOCK WITH MOONPHASE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £1,000- £2,000
£5000 Bids
Victorian mare clock, around 1860
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Victorian mare clock, around 1860
by Auktionshaus Wersching
Est: €0- €0
€1,2000 Bids
Bracket Clock mit Carillon
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Bracket Clock mit Carillon
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,800- €3,600
€1,8000 Bids
AN EDWARDIAN ART NOUVEAU STYLE BOXWOOD STRUNG AND MAHOGANY INLAID MANTEL CLOCK
Dec 02, 9:30 AM GMT
AN EDWARDIAN ART NOUVEAU STYLE BOXWOOD STRUNG AND MAHOGANY INLAID MANTEL CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
HARDING & BAZELEY, CHELTENHAM. A 20TH CENTURY LIMITED EDITION SPHERICAL BALL CLOCK
Dec 02, 9:30 AM GMT
HARDING & BAZELEY, CHELTENHAM. A 20TH CENTURY LIMITED EDITION SPHERICAL BALL CLOCK
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Est: £500- £800
£2400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Clocks


Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Martel Maides

Martel Maides

Christian McCann Auctions

Christian McCann Auctions

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Cheffins