William Bowyer is the earliest Clockmaker I can trace in my family, he is my 11x great grand uncle. This piece by him sold at Bonhams a couple of years ago.
A rare and important lantern clock, dating back to the reign of James I
William Bowyer – Clockmaker
11th Grt Grand Uncle
Engraved with a “Memento Mori? (Remember your mortality)
(1603?1625), was sold for $286,000 at Bonhams on June 19 ? a world record price for a clock of this kind.
Made by William Bowyer in 1623, the brass clock was estimated to fetch between $60/100,000 at Bonhams’ sale of fine clocks. The sale of 110 clocks made a total of $1,085,635.
“This magnificent lantern clock is undoubtedly one of the finest still in private hands today,” explained James Stratton, director of Bonhams’ clocks and watches department. “The date of manufacture of 1623 puts it firmly in the first few years of the production of the type of timekeeper that has come to be known as the English lantern clock. Horologically…
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