Finchingfield antique clocks
Finchingfield antique clocks

Longcase Clocks

A longcase clock, also tall-case clock, floor clock, or grandfather clock, is a tall, freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock with the pendulum held inside the tower, or waist of the case. Clocks of this style are commonly 1.8-2.4 meters (6-8 feet) tall. The case often features elaborately carved ornamentation on the hood, or bonnet, which surrounds and frames the dial, or clock face. The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the development of this form in 1670. Most longcase clocks are striking clocks, which means they sound the time on each hour or fraction of an hour.
The terms "grandfather", "grandmother", and "granddaughter" have all been applied to longcase clocks. Although there is no specifically defined difference among these terms, the general consensus seems to be that a clock smaller than 1.5 m (5 ft) is a granddaughter; over 1.5 m (5 ft) is a grandmother; and over 1.8 m (6 ft) is a grandfather.

A fine quality English handmade Dwarf Longcase Clock c20th century.

In mahogany with rocking ship. This clock being hand built by Sinclair Harding of Cheltenham. Signed to the dial and on the movement.

The company was founded in 1967 and the first longcase was made in 1971. The firm still produces a wide variety of clocks.

The 8 day striking, weight-driven movement housed in beautifully figured mahogany case with boxwood highlights. Three brass spires over a brass dial with rocking ship in the arch and matted centre with seconds ring.

The trunk door enclosing brass cased weights and brass bob. The whole standing on a panelled box plinth.

Height 75” to top of spire (190cm).

Stock no.855.

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

£1,995.00 (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)



A very fine and imposing early 18th century green japanned Longcase Clock c1740.

Decorated with eleven figures, including a warrior on horseback with pagoda, prunus trees, birds & floral scrolls.

The arched hood with glazed door flanked by turned pilasters over an arched trunk door over a stepped plinth base.

Good quality originbal Japanning, with good subject matter throughout.

The arched brass dial with silver chapter ring, ringed winding holes and date aperture with floral engraving. The arch with finely engraved silvered boss. SAMUEL SMITH, RICHMOND

The 8 day five pillared movement striking on a bell.

Stock no.791.

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.



Very grand and impressive Mahogany 8 day Longcase Clock by ROBERT SAMPSON of WESTMINSTER.

Robert Sampson was in business at 2 Petty France, Westminster from 1779 - 1793. He invented a 2 part chime clock and won an award from 'The Society of Arts'.

The pagoda top hood with 4 wooden spires and the centre embellished with a brass sunburst. The dial with strike/silent in the arch over a silvered chapter ring with Roman and Arabic divisions. The silvered centre with finely engraved floral sprays. Also having a date & seconds dial, blued steel hands and unusual corner spandrels of sinuous foliage. The dial flanked by 2 brass reeded columns with brass capitols.

The arched and moulded trunk door veneered with exceptional flame mahogany and flanked by canted reeded quarter columns with brass inlay.

The plinth with shaped panel and stepped base. All in very fine figured mahogany. The 5 pillar 8 day movement striking on a bell.

This is an exceptionally fine clock, in very good original condition.

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

POA (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)



Very rare mid 18th century Longcase Clock with 7" dial signed RICHARD COLLEY, JUNIOR LONDON.

The architectural case with broken cornice centred with an eagle spire. Over hood with side windows & barley twist columns. The narrow trunk with square moulded door over stepped plinth and bun feet.

The 7" brass arched dial with silvered boss signed RICHARD COLLEY JUNIOR, LONDON. Flanked by rare floral and grotesque masked spandrels. The silvered chapter ring with Arabic outer numbers and inner Roman numerals, matted centre, cornered with rare Indian mask spandrels.

The movement of the clock was originally a timepiece but had another train added very early in its life. The original winding hole is disguised as a dummy date aperture.

Longcases with 7" dials are very uncommon. This one is in a matched case which is 18th century and later.

(stock no:774)

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

£3,250.00 (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)

Very rare mid 18th century <strong>Longcase Clock</strong> with 7" dial
Very rare mid 18th century <strong>Longcase Clock</strong> with 7" dial


Late 17th century MONTH GOING ebonised Longcase Clock by James Clowes 1670 to 1690.

(Displayed without spires due to insufficient ceiling height!)

The caddy top with 2 spires over fine fret backed with red silk. The hood with side windows and tapered columns with brass capitols. The eleven inch dial cornered by elaborate winged cherub spandrels and the chapter ring having a very narrow enclosed Arabic number ring.

The dial centre being finely matted with ringed winding holes and the squares crossed. The date aperture & inner seconds dial also ringed. The hand-worked hands are exceptionally fine, the hour hand being the finest I’ve seen.

The narrow ebonised case having very fine proportions. The moulded edged door with bulls eye lenticle over stepped plinth. The fine quality month going movement having five finned pillars & outside count wheel.

222cm h, without spires. (stock no:730)

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

£16,900.00 (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)

James Clowes - Described in Baillies as 'A famous maker' 1671-1689. The World famous 'Wetherfield Collection of Clocks', has a longcase by James Clowes and he is described as "James Clowes, London, was a fine maker, admitted to the Clockmakers' Company in 1670 as a Brother because he was already a Freeman of another company. He was still in the company in 1689". Clowes described himself as "a Great Clockmaker" – meaning he made turret clocks as well. He also took on five apprentices. His work has been described as highly individualistic and his cases are often outside of the accepted norm.


Very elegant ebonised 8 Day Longcase Clock By William Woster, London C.1705. Striking on a bell.

The domed hood with twin spires over silk backed fret. Two side windows & door columns with gilded capitols. The slim trunk with moulded door having bulls eye lenticle & brass bezel. Well proportioned base with stepped moulding. The five finned pillar movement having inside count wheel.

The 12" square dial having a chevron engraving to the outer edge. The spandrels being two angels supporting a crown & Maltese Cross. The chapter ring marked with Roman numerals & a thin outer ring of Arabic numbers with crosses at the corners. The matted dial centre with subsidiary seconds dial, ringed winding holes and date aperture with elaborate floral engraving.

Height: 95" to top of spire (stock no:729)

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

£9,900.00 (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)



Exceptional quality Regency flame mahogany 8 day Longcase Clock by EDWARD BIRD C.1800

The stepped arched top with cast brass spires, over hood with reeded canted corners with brass inlay, flanking circular glazed door with lower crossbanded corners & brass sight ring. The trunk with reeded columns with brass capitols & brass inlay.

The moulded and arched trunk door with very fine flame mahogany.

The plinth with moulded panel and standing on stepped bracket feet. The whole case is veneered in stunning quality flame veneer. The silvered brass circular dial engraved with subsidiary seconds & date dials. Signed E.BIRD, BRISTOL.

Edward Bird 1777 to 1818 was apprenticed to Joseph Wood and became a significant maker. One of his bracket clocks is illustrated in 'Cescinsky & Webster' page 317 - fig.362

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

Stock on. 792.



18th Century Oak & Mahogany, Crossbanded, 30 Hour Longcase Clock by George Bourn, Kirkby.

The swan neck & dentil moulded top over round dial flanked by reeded pillars with brass Corinthian tops. The round brass 13" dial engraved with floral swags, Roman numerals & Arabic numbers and with a subsidiary date wheel, fancy blued steel hands. The trunk with reeded pillared corners & a shaped mahogany crossbanded door.

Height: 205cm (stock no:752)

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

£2,750.00 (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)



Flame mahogany 8 day Longcase Clock with rocking ship C.1760.

The pagoda top with fretted centre over arched hood with side windows. Supported by reeded columns with fine quality Corinthian capitols. The trunk with moulded arched door and good quality flame veneers. The brass dial with painted ship automaton in the arch, flanked by rococo spandrels and within silvered and engraved ring with "Tempus fugit".

The main chapter ring with Arabic outer and Roman inner numerals, enclosing scalloped seconds dial, date aperture & blued steel hands. The dial cornered by rococo spandrels.

Height: 228cm

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

£4,250.00 (price includes delivery and setting up within a 40 mile radius)



Early 19th century, C.1830, Longcase Clock by S.W.Cox of Market Harboro'. This maker is recorded in Baillies.

The oak case is cross banded in Mahogany with flame Mahogany panels, highlighted with chevron stringing. Swan neck pediment, hood with pillars and brass capitals. Ivory door handle over trunk with shaped and cross banded door. Base with stylised bracket feet. Very good overall colour and very desirable low height.

Height 82” (stock no:106)

Fully serviced and guaranteed for one year.

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