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Sir John Bennett (1814-1897)

Biography of clockmaker and watchmaker Sir John Bennett (1814-1897)

Sir John Bennett (1814-1897) FRAS was an eminent clockmaker and watchmaker. He was born on 15th October 1814 at Greenwich as a son of  the watchmaker John Bennett.

Bennett is recorded as working at 65 Cheapside in London from 1847 onwards until at least 1883. He was sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1872 and was knighted to become Sir John Bennett. He also followed a career as a politician in London.

Bennett died at St Leonards-on-Sea on 3rd July 1897.

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Sir John Bennett (1814-1897) Related Lots

Lot FS18/770

Lot FS18/770: John Bennett, 65 Cheapside, London, A Mahogany Bracket Timepiece

John Bennett, 65 Cheapside, London, a mahogany bracket timepiece the eight-day duration, single fusee timepiece movement having an anchor escapement, the seven-inch round silvered dial engraved with black Roman numerals and signed 'Bennett, 65 Cheapside, London, Maker to the Admiralty', with blued steel spade hands, the dial within a dome top setting with carved acorn decoration to the surround, standing on a rectangular break-front base with an inset panel and flat feet, height: 42.5 cm.

Estimate: £350 - £450
Realised: £490

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Lot FS13/121: John Bennett, London, A Silver Key-wound Open-faced Pocket Watch

John Bennett, London, a silver key-wound open-faced pocket watch, the chain fusee movement having a lever escapement with a plain gold balance, the backplate signed 'John Bennett, 65 & 64 Cheapside, London, 33794', the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial, blued steel spade hands and signed 'John Bennett, London', the case hallmarked for silver, London, 1878 and stamped 'P W.' for the casemaker, the inner cuvee stamped 'Maker to the Royal Observatory' and with Bennett's usual engraved Royal crest, diameter: 50mm.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £80