am constantly suprised and excitied by the many different types of 30-hour clocks made by Richard Savage that keep coming to light. Please Conact Me if you have any interesting clocks by this early Shroposhire maker that you would like to sell as I am always looking to purchase more examples to illustrate on this website.
exciting find because not only is it complete and very original throughout, but it was possibly made at the very end of Richard Savage's career (as he died in 1726). This example is another variant to the many types of 30-hour clocks that we already knew Richard made during his forty plus years as a professional clockmaker which includes Lantern, hooded, longcase, and square dial hook-and-spike clocks. We can now add round dial hook-and-spike clocks to the list.
or me the round dial hook-and-spike wall clock illustrated here is a very
he clock was discovered several years ago by Mr James Gilmartin of Edinburgh who had purchased the clock during a house clearance in the north east of Scotland. The then owner was a lady who had previously inherited the clock from her family which originated from the midlands. She had no knowledge of the clocks history other than remembering that her parents (who had also inherited the clock from within the family) had it hanging in their hallway when she was a child. Given that the clock is in an exceptionally original untouched condition and is complete with all of its original accessories, it is very possible that the clock has been owned by the same midlands family for centuries or perhaps even from new? Thankfully when Mr Gilmartin decided to sell the clock he contacted me and I have been able to re unite the clock with other genuine Richard Savage examples!
he highly desirable 30-hour longcase Clock illustrated here is a rare London example and dates from around c1672. This lonmgcase clock has stood untouched in a private collection for almost 58 years and is shown here in its unrestored/untouched condition.
he 9.75 inch square brass dial with small winged cherub head spandrels to the four corners has a narrow chapter of 1.25 inches wide. It has a matchstick flower design for half -hour markers plus there are minute markings on the outside edge of the ring. The busy dial centre is beautifully engraved with tulip flowers and is signed within a lambrequin above the number VI. The dial engraving is of the highest London quality of the day. The fabulous iron hour hand is original, but the original minute hand is now missing. The high quality plated movement has four large ringed and knopped pillars. It survives in a very original condition including retaining all of its original wheel work, anchor escapement, wooden pulley and lead counter weight. The superb ebonised case is of wonderfully small proportions standing only 6feet, 6" high with a 10 inch wiide trunk and is typical of the period.
rivate Ownership of John Carlton-Smith between 1960-2017
John Carlton-Smith purchased this Charles Rogers ebonised longcase clock in 1960 for his own private collection. The then owner (in 1960) had been a founding member of the AHS back in 1953 and was a highly respected and serious collector. John then kept the longcase clock untouched in his collection for almost 58 years - until December 2017 - when John sold the clock to me
About John Carlton-Smith
John Carlton-Smith has been dealing in antique clocks since 1972 including examples from the most renowned English clockmakers such as Thomas Tompion, George Graham, Joseph & John Knibb and Daniel Quare. The originality of the movements and wonderfully patinated untouched cases are hallmarks of John Carlton-Smith. John’s long experience and discerning eye mean that he has served on the clock vetting committee of some of the most important antique fairs, including the former Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, Masterpiece London and the BADA Fair.
t was only because of Johns Carlton-Smith's kindness and generosity - which made it possible for me to acquire this very rare and desirable early London longcase clock from John's own private collection - along with another stunning and Important Early London Key-Wound 30-hour example c1668 - also to be shown on this website!
Thanks John - I am forever grateful!
harles Rogers was born about 1635. He was apprentice through the Clockmakers Company when he was Bound to William Almond on 6th November 1649 through Ralph Almond until he was Freed on 14th December 1657. In 1662 he working in Blackfriers and later at Guilhall and Charing Cross. He took as apprentices: September 1661 Benjamin Heath; July 1662 Henry Atlee, March 1665 Charles Templer; March 1672 John Frethy; his son, Charles Rogers (II), passed over March 1678 from William Cowper but he was never Freed. Charles Rogers I worked until at least 1704 and died in 1709
The Triial of Charles Rogers
On the 17th February 1665 Charles Rogers along with 33 other persons was put on trial for attending an illegal religious meeting. He was found Guilty and sentenced for transportation to Jamaica for 7 years. However the evidence suggests that he managed to purchase his freedom and took Charles Templer as an apprentice just one month after his trial in March 1665. Templer was Freed in March 1672.
The Clocks Provenance
wonderfully small proportioned
30-hour London Longcase
howing the superb
9.75 inch square
mall Cherub Head Spandrels
howing a close-up of the fabulous original hour hand
howing the beautifully engraved dial centre with tulip flowers.
Guild Hall, London
howing a side view of movement. Note the finned and ringed pillars
17th February 1665
The Trial of Charles Rogers
Click image to view Trial