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T&F Mercer

Information about land and marine clockmakers T&F Mercer

T&F Mercer was founded by Thomas Mercer (1822-1900)  and was continued by his son Frank Mercer.

Thomas Mercer moved to London from Lancashire where he had worked with the famed chronometer maker Thomas Russell. Finding work hard to come by, Mercer was ready to emigrate to America - he had even bought a one-way ticket - until he noticed a fine chronometer in the shop window of John Fletcher.

Mercer entered the shop and was immediately given a position as a watch springer and finisher.

Thomas Mercer then established his own business in 1858 (which was to become the firm T&F Mercer) at New North Road in London before moving to St Albans in 1874, setting up a factory behind his house in Prospect Road.

In September 1900, Thomas Mercer was appointed as the judge for the horological class at the Universal Exhibition held in Paris. Unfortunately, he caught a cold on the ferry crossing over and died at the Hôtel Internationale in Paris, whereupon his son Frank Mercer took over the running of the business.

A 1929 advert in the British Industries Fair Catalogue shows Mercers as manufacturers of the Octo timekeeper system of electric synchronised clocks for all purposes, both land and marine. The company closed in 1984.

T&F Mercer Related Lots

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Lot FS16/649: T & F Mercer, St Albans

T & F Mercer, St Albans a brass cased mantel clock with an eight-day duration movement with lever escapement, the eight-inch round silvered dial engraved with black Arabic numerals, 'slow/fast' regulation and signed 'T & F Mercer, Eywood Rd, St Albans, Octo (within a eight-pointed star), British', with blued steel spade hands, contained within a round brass case with a heavy screw-fastening bezel, sitting on a wood base, height: 28cm. * For details of Thomas Mercer see lot no. 417.

Estimate: £400 - £450
Realised: £400