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Charles Gretton (b 1648)

Biography of clockmaker Charles Gretton (b 1648)

Charles Gretton (b 1648) was born in Lincolnshire in 1648. He was apprenticed to Humphrey Downing in 1662 and freed in 1672.

It is recorded that Gretton first worked at The Ship in Fleet Street but by 1685 had moved over against Sergeants Inn Gate.

Gretton was made an Assistant Warden of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1689, Warden in 1697 and became Master in 1700. It is known that Gretton was still attending meetings in 1720 and it has been suggested that he was still working in 1731.

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Lot FS13/516

Lot FS13/516: Charles Gretton, London A Marquetry Longcase Clock

Charles Gretton, London a marquetry longcase clock with an eight-day duration movement having five finned pillars and striking the hours on a bell with rack strike, the twelve-inch square brass dial with a raised silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals, outer Arabic five minute numerals, fleur-de-lys half-hour markings and half-quarter diamond markings, the matted centre with ringed winding holes, subsidiary seconds dial, date aperture, cast brass female-head spandrels to the four corners, decorative blued steel hands and engraved to the centre 'Chas Gretton, London', the walnut case with all-over bird-and-flower marquerty, the flat top hood with giltwood capitals to the quarter columns, marquetry inlay to the top frieze and wood frets to the sides, with a bulls-eye lenticle glass to the trunk and standing on bun feet, height: 220cm.

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Realised: £4,000