Clocks, Chronometers and Pocket Watches – made by my family

Watch and Clock Making has been a part of my family history for more then 400 years a trade which has passed from one generation to the next – Below is a list of makers in my family history;

William Bowyer of London (1605 – 1653)
11th great grand-uncle
Peter Bowyer of London (1691 – ?)
8th great grandfather
Peter Bower of Redlynch (1715 – 1795)
7th great grandfather
Charles Plaskett of London, Bristol and Cardiff (1825 – 1880)
4th great grand-uncle
George Plaskett of Southampton (1800 – 1864)
4th great grand-uncle
James Plaskett of West India Dock, London (1803 – 1889)
4th great grand-uncle
Peter Plaskett of London (1778 – 1837)
5th great grand-uncle
Richard Plaskett of Ilford (1846 – 1913)
3rd great grand-uncle
Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch (1876 – 1956)
1st cousin 4x removed
Reuben Plaskett of London and Bath (1775 – 1854)
5th great grandfather
William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town, London (1820 – 1912)
4th great grandfather
William Reuben Plaskett of London (1844 – 1918)
3rd great grandfather

Below is a photographic list of Clocks, Chronometers and Pocket Watches made by my ancestor’s ‘The Plaskett Family’ and their forebears ‘The Bowers / Bowyers’ many of these have recently sold at auction or in some cases still available to buy. Two of the pocket watches I personally own, both of which were bought within the last six months. This list spans 400 years of watch and clock making.

This Pocket Watch face was made by James Plaskett of West India Dock, London - c. 1870'S

Image One – This Pocket Watch face was made by James Plaskett of West India Dock, London – c. 1870’S

Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock, London - c. 1870'S

Image Two – Pocket Watch
by James Plaskett of West India Dock, London – c. 1870’S

Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock, London - c. 1870'S

Image Three – Pocket Watch
by James Plaskett of West India Dock, London – c. 1870’S

Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - c.1865

Silver Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – c.1865

Chronometer - Possibly by William Plaskett - 1874 -  The single fusee chain driven movement incorporating automatic stop work,and Harrison type maintaning power. with Earnshaw type spring detent escapement. Having blued steel helical balance spring with cut bi metalic balance and auxiliary compensation. With finely turned pillars and double click blued steel set up ratchet and wheel with damask finishing to the plates. The silvered engraved circular dial with seconds ring at VI with up and down state of wind dial below XII, signed W Plaskett Maker to the Admiralty London and numbered 5370, with polished gold hands, blued steel seconds hand with state of wind hand. Having brass gymbal mounted bowl with glazed and threaded bezel having silvered sight ring. The nicely patinated brass bound three tier rosewood case of very good colour, with original surface. This clock further benefits from its original padded traveling box with original leather strap and original ratchet winding key. William Plaskett born 1818 died 1812 Recorded as working at 12A Hertford place, Globe Road, Mile End E 1859. And 12 Alderney Road  1865-1898. He patented an air tight chronometer case in 1860. He devised an Auxiliary compensation giving a uniform rate. Many fine pieces known by him . Chronometer numbers 5222,5329,5398 and 5456 are known to have been made pre 1874 which dates this clock around the same time.

Chronometer – by William Plaskett – 1874 –
The single fusee chain driven movement incorporating automatic stop work,and Harrison type maintaning power. with Earnshaw type spring detent escapement. Having blued steel helical balance spring with cut bi metalic balance and auxiliary compensation. With finely turned pillars and double click blued steel set up ratchet and wheel with damask finishing to the plates. The silvered engraved circular dial with seconds ring at VI with up and down state of wind dial below XII, signed W Plaskett Maker to the Admiralty London and numbered 5370, with polished gold hands, blued steel seconds hand with state of wind hand. Having brass gymbal mounted bowl with glazed and threaded bezel having silvered sight ring. The nicely patinated brass bound three tier rosewood case of very good colour, with original surface. This clock further benefits from its original padded traveling box with original leather strap and original ratchet winding key.
William Plaskett born 1818 died 1812 Recorded as working at 12A Hertford place, Globe Road, Mile End E 1859. And 12 Alderney Road 1865-1898. He patented an air tight chronometer case in 1860. He devised an Auxiliary compensation giving a uniform rate. Many fine pieces known by him . Chronometer numbers 5222,5329,5398 and 5456 are known to have been made pre 1874 which dates this clock around the same time. Source: http://www.marshclocks.co.uk

Chronometer by William Plaskett - 1874

Image 2 – Chronometer by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town, London – 1874

Image 3 - Chronometer by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town, London - c. 1860's

Image 3 – Chronometer by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town, London – 1874

Silver Pocket Watch by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town, London - 1862

Silver Pocket Watch by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town, London – 1862

Image one - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image one – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Two -  Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Two – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Three - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Three – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Four - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Four – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Five - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Five – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Six - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Six – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Seven - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Seven – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Image Eight - Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock - 1872. - (in my private collection)

Image Eight – Sterling Silver Full Hunter Fusee Pocket Watch by James Plaskett of West India Dock – 1872. – (in my private collection)

Silver Pocket by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town c. 1848 - (In my private collection)

Silver Pocket by William Plaskett of Mile End Old Town c. 1848 – (In my private collection)

Wall Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch A late 19th/early 20th Century mahogany cased circular wall clock with brass fusee movement, the backplate inscribed 'Lum', the painted circular dial with Roman numerals and inscribed 'Plaskett, Hornchurch', within a moulded surround, diameter approx 36cm, together with pendulum Source: Tooveys

Wall Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch
A late 19th/early 20th Century mahogany cased circular wall clock with brass fusee movement, the backplate inscribed ‘Lum’, the painted circular dial with Roman numerals and inscribed ‘Plaskett, Hornchurch’, within a moulded surround, diameter approx 36cm, together with pendulum
Source: Tooveys

Mantle Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch - c.1950's Source: Global Horology

Image One – Mantle Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch – c.1950’s
Source: Global Horology

Image Two - Mantle Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch - c.1950's Source: Global Horology

Image Two – Mantle Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch – c.1950’s
Source: Global Horology

Image Three - Mantle Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch - c.1950's Source: Global Horology

Image Three – Mantle Clock by Richard Plaskett of Hornchurch – c.1950’sSource: Global Horology

30 Hour Clock by Peter Bower of Redlench. Peter Bower, Redlench Salisbury married in 1715 and departed Redlench in 1795. This small 6'5" dark oak cased "30 hour" clock was a "barn find" albeit the barn was mercifully dry!  The two handed 9 1/2" dial has a silvered chapter ring has both roman and arabic numerals, steel hands and an attractive engraved centre with flower heads and foliage.  This case has it's original hood knob and the waist door it's original hinges and lock.  Even the hood lock is still present.  The clock may be dated say 1775. Source: G.K. Hadfield

30 Hour Clock by Peter Bower of Redlench.
Peter Bower, Redlench Salisbury married in 1715 and departed Redlench in 1795. This small 6’5″ dark oak cased “30 hour” clock was a “barn find” albeit the barn was mercifully dry! The two handed 9 1/2″ dial has a silvered chapter ring has both roman and arabic numerals, steel hands and an attractive engraved centre with flower heads and foliage. This case has it’s original hood knob and the waist door it’s original hinges and lock. Even the hood lock is still present. The clock may be dated say 1775.
Source: G.K. Hadfield

Long Case Clock by Peter Bower of Redlinch - also spelt Redlench and nowadays Redlynch is recorded "born 1715, married 1739 died 1795". A very good, small, flat top, quarter sawn oak case of pleasing proportions, colour and patination. The hood with "pillars attached" opening door, quarter columns to rear and the base set on shaped bracket feet.

Image One – Long Case Clock by Peter Bower of Redlinch – c. 1760 – also spelt Redlench and nowadays Redlynch is recorded “born 1715, married 1739 died 1795”.
A very good, small, flat top, quarter sawn oak case of pleasing proportions, colour and patination. The hood with “pillars attached” opening door, quarter columns to rear and the base set on shaped bracket feet.

Image Two - Long case Clock by Peter Bower -  9" square brass dial ( 8.5" showing ) with very finely matted centre, raised chapter ring signed P.Bower Redlinch, rococo spandrels and blued cut steel single hand. Source: Allan Smith Antique Clocks

Image Two – Long case Clock by Peter Bower – c. 1760
9″ square brass dial ( 8.5″ showing ) with very finely matted centre, raised chapter ring signed P.Bower Redlinch, rococo spandrels and blued cut steel single hand.
Source: Allan Smith Antique Clocks

Image Three - Good quality "birdcage" movement having hourly ( countwheel ) striking on a single bell.This is a so called "30 hour" movement with a shorter than normal drop meaning that it would need to be wound ( the single weight pulled up ) both first thing in the morning and last thing at night to maintain working. Source: Allan Smith Antique Clocks

Image Three – Long case Clock by Peter Bower – c. 1760 Good quality “birdcage” movement having hourly ( countwheel ) striking on a single bell.This is a so called “30 hour” movement with a shorter than normal drop meaning that it would need to be wound ( the single weight pulled up ) both first thing in the morning and last thing at night to maintain working.
Source: Allan Smith Antique Clocks

Peter Bower of Redlynch - Clock Face

Peter Bower of Redlynch – Clock Face

Peter Bower Dial

Peter Bower of Redlynch – Dial / Clock Face

Peter Bower - Clock Face

Peter Bower of Redlynch – Dial / Clock Face

Peter Bower of Redlynch - Longcase Clock

Peter Bower of Redlynch – Longcase Clock

A late 18th century longcase clock by Peter Bonyer / Bowyer

Image One – Peter Bowyer / Bonyer of London – A late 18th century longcase clock by Peter Bonyer. The case is of excellent proportions having reeded quarter columns with brass inserts and brass capitals. the base with a raised shaped panel with a moulded surround The brass dial has the feature of moonphase (rare for a London clock) and the makers name on a cartouche following the arch. Peter Bowyer/Bonyer is recorded as working circa 1775. This clock is 7’9” tall. Source: W. F. Turk

Peter Bowyer of London

Image Two – Peter Bowyer / Bonyer of London – A late 18th century longcase clock by Peter Bonyer. The case is of excellent proportions having reeded quarter columns with brass inserts and brass capitals. the base with a raised shaped panel with a moulded surround The brass dial has the feature of moonphase (rare for a London clock) and the makers name on a cartouche following the arch. Peter Bowyer/Bonyer is recorded as working circa 1775. This clock is 7’9” tall. Source: W. F. Turk

Image One - Lantern Clock by William Bowyer - A highly important early 17th century English brass lantern clock Made by William Bowyer in 1623 and sold shortly afterwards by Samuel Linacre  Sold for £144,000 Source: Bonhams

Image One – Lantern Clock by William Bowyer – A highly important early 17th century English brass lantern clock Made by William Bowyer in 1623 and sold shortly afterwards by Samuel Linacre
Sold for £144,000
Source: Bonhams

Image Two - Lantern Clock by William Bowyer - A highly important early 17th century English brass lantern clock Made by William Bowyer in 1623 and sold shortly afterwards by Samuel Linacre  Sold for £144,000 Source: Bonhams

Image Two – Lantern Clock by William Bowyer – A highly important early 17th century English brass lantern clock Made by William Bowyer in 1623 and sold shortly afterwards by Samuel Linacre
Sold for £144,000
Source: Bonhams

Image Three - William Bowyer Lantern Clock - The date of 1623 puts this timekeeper firmly in the first years of production of what has come to be known as the English lantern clock. Its maker was William Bowyer of London, although when originally sold with an alarm train (now missing), his signature would have been obscured. Instead the dial carried the name of the retailer Samuel Linacre. In George White's The English Lantern Clock, where the clock is extensively pictured, it is referred to as "a tour de force" and considered the best of the surviving clocks by Bowyer, one of the most prolific makers of the so-called First Period (1620-40) of English lantern clocks. At 17in (43cm) high, it is unusually large, and much admired for its engraved decoration including a pair of side doors - the only pair known to have survived on a First Period clock - showing a momento mori scene of a skeleton with a Biblical reference and the walking figure of Chronos with his scythe and hourglass. Offered for sale from a long-standing private collection with an estimate of £30,000-50,000 at Bonhams on June 19, it attracted three serious bidders before it sold at £120,000 (plus 20 per cent buyer's premium), a record for an English lantern clock. Source: Bonhams & Antique Trade Gazette

Image Three – William Bowyer Lantern Clock – The date of 1623 puts this timekeeper firmly in the first years of production of what has come to be known as the English lantern clock.
Its maker was William Bowyer of London, although when originally sold with an alarm train (now missing), his signature would have been obscured. Instead the dial carried the name of the retailer Samuel Linacre.
In George White’s The English Lantern Clock, where the clock is extensively pictured, it is referred to as “a tour de force” and considered the best of the surviving clocks by Bowyer, one of the most prolific makers of the so-called First Period (1620-40) of English lantern clocks.
At 17in (43cm) high, it is unusually large, and much admired for its engraved decoration including a pair of side doors – the only pair known to have survived on a First Period clock – showing a momento mori scene of a skeleton with a Biblical reference and the walking figure of Chronos with his scythe and hourglass.
Offered for sale from a long-standing private collection with an estimate of £30,000-50,000 at Bonhams on June 19, it attracted three serious bidders before it sold at £120,000 (plus 20 per cent buyer’s premium), a record for an English lantern clock.
Source: Bonhams & Antique Trade Gazette

Image Four - William Bowyer Lantern Clock - The date of 1623 puts this timekeeper firmly in the first years of production of what has come to be known as the English lantern clock. Source: Bonhams & Antique Trade Gazette

Image Four – William Bowyer Lantern Clock – The date of 1623 puts this timekeeper firmly in the first years of production of what has come to be known as the English lantern clock.
Source: Bonhams & Antique Trade Gazette

EARLY BRASS LANTERN CLOCK   17TH CENTURY   the chapter ring set on a plate engraved with stylized leaves inscribed 'William Bowyer', single hand and concentric alarm disc, posted movement with verge escapement, the alarm mounted on the backplate, the case with tapered corner columns, urn shaped feet and finials, top mounted bell, iron hanging loop   38cm high Sold for £22,500  Source: Lyon & Turnbull

EARLY BRASS LANTERN CLOCK
17TH CENTURY
the chapter ring set on a plate engraved with stylized leaves inscribed ‘William Bowyer’, single hand and concentric alarm disc, posted movement with verge escapement, the alarm mounted on the backplate, the case with tapered corner columns, urn shaped feet and finials, top mounted bell, iron hanging loop
38cm high
Sold for £22,500
Source: Lyon & Turnbull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Clocks, Chronometers and Pocket Watches – made by my family

  1. These are so beautiful! I love old watches. Too bad your family’s history in this field ended by 1918. Was there a new family trade that replaced it?

    • Sadly nothing replaced this trade, although it continued with cousins until at least 1960 – 70?!
      I think the reason it ended in my own family line, is because my 3x grt grandfather had very serious mental health problems and he died in 1918 in an institution and in the 1890’s he and his wife (3x grt gran) abandoned all of their children. So sadly they had no one to teach them this trade. I guess… If he was well enough and the trade continued, I could have been a watchmaker.

  2. IVE SEEN THE GREAT LANTERN CLOCK BY W BOWYER ITS AMAZING ! ONE DAY I WOULD LOVE TO OWN IT .SOME TIMES I EVEN DREAM ABOUT IT . WIFE SAYS IF I BUY ANY MORE LANTERN CLOCKS SHES LEAVING .

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