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John Symonds (18th Century)

Biography of 18th Century English clockmaker John Symonds

John Symonds is a well-recorded clockmaker from Reedham in Norfolk who married Sarah Buddifut at Thursford on the 17th June 1774 and was known to have taken a number of apprentices, including Henry Brooks for 6 years from the 25th March 1784.

Symonds's shop was situated at the 'Sign of The Dial' in the north-west corner of market square where his wife died in 1806 and his son, also John, was born and died in 1810.

John Symonds was the clockmaker to the diarist Parson Woodforde who lived at Weston Longeville from 1776 until his death in 1803 and who made numerous interesting entries regarding Symonds over a period of time including, on the 31st August 1776: "Mr Symonds at Reepham brought home my new clock today and put the same up, for which I paid him £6.6.0. It is a very neat clock and I like it very much." (See Norfolk and Norwich Clocks & Clockmakers, edited by Clifford & Yvonne Bird for further information).

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Lot FS27/674

Lot FS27/674: Jno. Symonds, Reepham, An Oak Longcase Clock

Jno. Symonds, Reepham, an oak longcase clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours on a bell, the twelve-inch square painted dial having centre sweep seconds hand and date hand, with black Roman hour numerals, outer Arabic five-minute numerals and an inner date ring, with flower and peach painted corner spandrels, blued steel hands and signed with the maker's name Jno. Symonds, Reepham, the falseplate to the dial stamped with the dialmaker's name Wilson, the oak case with an arched trunk door, the hood with cresting to the top, turned wooden finials, full tapering pillars with cast brass capitals, and a plain base standing on bracket feet, height 211cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £700