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John Smith & Sons of Clerkenwell

Information about the clockmakers John Smith & Sons of Clerkenwell

The clockmakers John Smith & Sons of Clerkenwell in London were, along with Evans of Handsworth, at the forefront of skeleton clock making in the Victorian period.

The business was founded circa 1844 in St. John's Square in Clerkenwell at the former manufactory of Colonel Magnier with skeleton clocks making up a large part of their varied horological output. The workshops had it's own brass foundry, clock case workshop and assembly areas for the various types of clocks produced, as can be seen in an article printed in the Illustrated London News of 1851, entitled Visit to a Clerkenwell Clock Factory.

For further details, see British Skeleton Clocks by Derek Roberts.

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Lot FS21/824

Lot FS21/824: John Smith of Clerkenwell, A Victorian Skeleton Clock

John Smith of Clerkenwell, a Victorian skeleton clock the eight-day duration, chain fusee timepiece movement having a silvered chapter ring of typical Smith's form, engraved with black Roman numerals and with blued steel spade hands, the scroll shaped plates with turned pillars and standing on an white marble oval base, complete with a glass case with mahogany base, height: 35cm, not including case.

Estimate: £350 - £400
Realised: £500