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Samuel Pearse (1778-1864)

Biography of English clockmaker Samuel Pearse (1778-1864)

Samuel Pearse (1778-1864) was an English clockmaker, christened in Sidbury in Devon on 29th of September 1778. His parents were William & Sarah Pearse, both from the South Hams area of South Devon.

Pearse married Ann Bowdige from Axminster on 10th June 1806 and they had five children.

Pearse is recorded as working in Lyme Street in Axminster in Devon from at least 1830 when he advertised for an apprentice. His first wife, Ann, died sometime before 1828 as he married Arundel Webber on 30th August 1828.

At some point in his later life, Samuel Pearce moved with his family to Wellington in Somerset before moving, circa 1851, to be with his youngest daughter Caroline in Woodbury in Devon where he died in 1864 having moved into his own residence some three years or so previously.

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Lot FS22/824

Lot FS22/824: Samuel Pearse, Axminster, An Oak Longcase Clock

Samuel Pearse, Axminster, an oak longcase clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours on a bell, the twelve-inch square brass dial engraved with black Roman numerals and Arabic outer five-minute markings, with c-scroll engraved spandrels to the four corners, the centre with engraved decoration, subsidiary seconds dial, date aperture and signed S Pearse, Axminster, the oak case with a typical Devon chimney, surmounted by whale's tooth cresting, to the flat top hood and three-quarter columns, the trunk with crossbanding to the door and base and standing on bracket feet, height 200cm (inc. cresting).

Estimate: £400 - £500
Realised: £360