The first Bracket clocks appeared in the mid-17th Century. Originally they were constructed with a matching bracket that attached to a wall, as opposed to ones made without a bracket, which were called table clocks. They were spring driven and not weight driven, like lantern and longcase clocks.
Good early makers included Knibb, Tompion and Fromanteel. These are now highly sought after and only collectors with very deep pockets can afford them.
Until the turn of the 18th Century, the verge escapement, incorporating a small bob pendulum, was used, after which the anchor escapement became standard. This change happened sometime later than in long case clocks.
Many clocks with original verge escapements had them removed in the 19th Century and anchor escapements inserted. Collectors today pay a premium if the clocks still have their original verge escapement. Enthusiasts will also pay more if the original bracket is still with the clock.
Early examples usually had ebonised cases where as walnut, mahogany, satinwood and rosewood were used in the 18th and 19th Century. Case styles usually went with the fashions of the day. Examples include break-arch, balloon and basket top.
Each year we sell hundreds of bracket clocks to buyers across the globe. Our international advertising, together with targeted mailing lists and live bidding, ensures the best possible prices are achieved.
We hold three auctions dedicated auctions per year and achieve top prices for our customers. We also regularly sell bracket clocks in our fortnightly Town & County sales.
If you have items to sell, simply fill out the online valuation form below for a free pre-sale estimate or ring 0191 430 3000 to arrange a free pre-sale valuation with one of our specialists at our Newcastle salerooms. Free home visits are also available.
Please remember, selling by auction is the only way to achieve the true value of your possessions. We act as your agent at all times and are here to maximize your return, for which we take a fixed percentage commission.
Eardley Norton: a George III mahogany and brass mounted striking and musical bracket clock,
Sold for £12,000
*Bennett Norwich: a Regency ebonised and brass inlaid musical bracket clock,
Sold for £5,800
A late 17th Century basket-top bracket clock, John Beale, London,
the case with dolphin handle over a repousse basket
Sold for £4,200
D'Ey, Paris: a large Louis XV style ormolu and stained tortoiseshell bracket clock,
with matching bracet
Sold for £2,200
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