Antique London Longcase Clocks
As a general rule all London longcase clocks have five pillars between the plates. Most provincial clocks have only four pillars. This was a sign of quality and also kept the movement more stable and assisted the clockmaker when he was assembling the movement.
London longcase clocks were first introduced in any volume in the 1670s. These very first longcase clocks were made by famous makers such as East & Fromanteel and were veneered in ebony. Towards the latter part of the 17th century the wood being used was mainly an oak carcass with either walnut or marquetry veneer and sometimes ebonised. Also during this period the famous maker Thomas Tompion was producing clocks of outstanding quality and design.
Mahogany virtually took over completely during the 1760s and the first London mahogany longcase clocks started to evolve. Lacquered cases were also very popular in London, this again was a mainly oak carcass but decorated with Oriental designs.
By the 1770s the painted dial had been introduced and towards the end of the 18th century this had become much more popular and eventually replaced the full brass dial.
An impressive Month duration walnut Longcase clock by Charles Cabrier - London
C.1730 / 9'6"
Was: £35,000 Now: £31,500
Elegant Mahogany Longcase Clock by Lee of High Wycombe
C.1795 / 7'7½"
Was: £9,250 Now: £8,325
J. W. Morriss – Paddington, London
C.1850 / 6'8"
Was: £6,850 Now: £6,165
London Longcase Clock by Thomas Hackney with Moonphase
C.1755 / 7'6"
Was: £16,500 Now: £14,850
Quarter Striking Regulator quality Longcase clock by Aynsworth Thwaites of London
C.1765 / 8'9"
Was: £28,500 Now: £25,650
Rare London Longcase clock by Barber of Stratford
C.1775 / 8'8"
Was: £24,500 Now: £22,050
Regulator Longcase Clock by Tuck of Stoke Newington, London
C.1835 / 6'3½"
Was: £11,500 Now: £10,350
Small Mahogany Longcase clock by Handy of Uxbridge
C.1800 / 6'10"
Was: £9,850 Now: £8,865
Small Regulator Longcase Clock by Ellicott & Taylor - London
C.1813 / 6'1"
Was: £14,750 Now: £13,275
Walnut Longcase Clock by Sellers of Long Acre, London
C.1725 / 6'10"
Was: £16,950 Now: £15,255