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Charles Frodsham (1810-1871)

Biography of clockmaker Charles Frodsham (1810-1871)

Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) was born on 15th of April 1810, the son of William Frodsham. Frodsham was apprenticed to his father for seven years.

In 1834, Frodsham set up his own business making precision timekeepers, which became Charles Frodsham & Co. In 1854, the firm was granted the Royal Warrant and made keeper of Her Majesty's clocks to Queen Victoria.

Charles Frodsham was Master of the Clockmakers Company in 1855 and 1862.

Frodsham acquired a number of prestigious clock making firms including that of JR Arnold of 84 Strand, London in 1843.

Frodsham died in 1871.

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Lot FS30/761

Lot FS30/761: Charles Frodsham, London, A Mahogany Wall Regulator

Charles Frodsham, London, a mahogany wall regulator the eight-day duration weight-driven movement having maintaining power, dead-beat escapement and a mercury compensating pendulum which sits on a bracket to the backboard of the case, with an off-set pully for the brass bound weight, the nine-inch round silvered dial engraved with black Roman minute numerals to the outer aspect, with a subsidiary hour dial to the centre and signed Chas Frodsham, 84, Strand, the curved top case with glazed sides and trunk door, with a silvered beat-plate to the backboard, height 108cm.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Realised: £2,900

Lot FS16/641

Lot FS16/641: Charles Frodsham & Co, Paris, A Small Quarter Striking Gorge Carriage Clock

Charles Frodsham & Co, Paris, a small quarter striking Gorge carriage clock the eight-day duration movement having a platform lever escapement and striking the hours and quarters on two gongs with push button repeat, with a 'strike/silent' lever to the underside of the case, the backplate signed 'Frodsham, 19797', the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands and signed 'Charles Frodsham, & Co, Paris, 19797', with a lacquered brass Gorge case, height: 10.5cm (handle down): 12.5cm (handle up).

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £1,750

Lot FS16/654

Lot FS16/654: Chas Frodsham & Co, A Quarter-Chiming Bracket Clock

Chas Frodsham & Co, a quarter-chiming bracket clock the eight-day duration, triple-fusee movement, chiming the quarters on eight bells and the hour on a gong, signed on the backplate 'Chas Frodsham & Co, Clockmakers to the Queen, 84 Strand, 1658', repeated to the seven-inch square brass dial, with the raised silvered chapter ring having black Roman numerals, with cast brass floral spandrels to the corners and two subsidiary dials for 'slow/fast' regulation and 'chime on eight bells/chime on four bells', with a heavy cast bezel of acanthus leaf design, the walnut case with a stepped mount to the top, canted corners, a serpentine moulding to the base and standing on cast brass lions paw feet, height: 49cm.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £700