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WF Evans & Son

Information about the clockmakers WF Evans & Son of Handsworth

The clockmakers Evans of Handsworth were one of the top makers of skeleton clocks in the Victorian period.

John Houghton, formerly the foreman of Boulton & Watt at the Soho factory, took over their clock-making business in 1805 after the decision of the firm to discontinue clock manufacture, calling it The Soho Clock Factory. Houghton was joined by his son-in-law William Frederick Evans and, when the former decided to retire in 1843, Evans continued as WF Evans & Son.

They made many different styles and types of clocks but they are primarily known for the selection of skeleton clocks that included a number modelled on various ecclesiastical buildings, particularly those of York and Westminster cathedrals, with three-train eight-bell chiming movements, being the most spectacular.

Evans also produced a clock based on the Scott Memorial in Edinburgh to show at the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851. He went on to make various differing designs of the clock for retail of which this is one.

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Lot FS20/995

Lot FS20/995: WF Evans of Handsworth, A Striking Skeleton Clock Based on the Scott Memorial

WF Evans of Handsworth, a striking skeleton clock based on the Scott Memorial, the eight-day duration, double fusee movement striking the hours on a gong, with a half-dead beat escapement, skeletonised barrel caps and five-spoke wheelwork, the pierced silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals and with decorative blued steel hands, the shaped plates in the form of the Scott memorial sitting on a rectangular marble base with a further mahogany base, height: 64cm (inc. base).

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £1,450