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John Gaydon (1821-1895)

Biography of clockmaker and jeweller John Gaydon (1821-1895)

John Gaydon (1821-1895) was born in 1821 and is recorded as working at 99 High Street, Barnstaple from circa 1855 until his death in 1895, as both a clockmaker and jeweller. The Gaydon family were well-known as jewellers and watchmakers in both North Devon and London. Some twenty-six of them are recorded as watch and clockmakers, and were Watchmakers to the Queen (Victoria) and Watchmakers to the Admiralty, with one, Henry Martin Gaydon of Middlesex, becoming Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1925.

John Gaydon supplied a clock for the town's police station in 1855 as well as another for the Globe Hotel, which had double dials, one showing in the bar and the other in the smoking room.

Gaydon's Barnstaple business supplied various church and public clocks in Devon, with that at Swimbridge church having an inscription dated 1880 in commemoration of the restoration of the church, with a note that the clock was supplied and given by the Gaydon brothers, including John Gaydon of Barnstaple and three other brothers now resident at Brentford, but all having been 'natives of Swimbridge'.

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Lot FS18/776

Lot FS18/776: Gaydon, Barnstaple, A Victorian Shop Regulator

Gaydon, Barnstaple, a Victorian shop regulator the eight-day duration timepiece movement with a dead-beat escapement, maintaining power, adjustable pallets, a wood rod pendulum with large brass bob and a brass bound weight, the twelve-inch round silvered dial with typical regulator layout, with outer minutes and two subsidiary dials for seconds and hours and engraved with the name 'Gaydon, Barnstaple', the mahogany case with a glazed front door, canted corners, an inset panel to the base and a pediment top, height: 204 cm.

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000
Realised: £4,700