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What is my favourite antique clock maker? January 27, 2012

I have decided to answer a question that I get asked so so many times. When you have so many antique clocks, which one do you like best? It is a very difficult question to answer, as I love antique clocks, I have loved them all my life. There is no one set clock that I would say, this is the one for me. I would say though there is one clockmaker I truly respect amongst all others.

You might well expect me to go for a special London clockmaker, so many names run off the tongue. We have Thomas Tompion, the father of English clockmaking, Fromanteel, a very special early clockmaker. Edward East another early and well respected clockmaker, Geroge Graham, Daniel Quare, John Ellicott, a very special maker, Eardley Norton, John Knibb, wow the list is so long and I could include many many more. These are truly amazing clockmakers yes. You will notice though they are all London clockmakers. It was far far easier to get on, produce wonderful clocks in London, than pretty much anywhere else in the 17th/18th centuries.

After long thought I have decided the workmanship and talents of the Ogden family of clockmakers, and in particular Thomas Ogden . To produce such amazing workmanship away from the centre of clockmaking and knowledge that was London, makes him my no 1 choice. He certainly has the X factor for me, .

Thomas Ogden was from a family of quakers. He was born in C1693. He initially worked in Ripponden, probably continuing his fathers business, and then moved to Halifax, where he had a shop on the High Street and Upper Swift Place in Soyland. He died with no children in 1769 aged 77

Thomas Ogden’s work is of the highest quality. He is one of the very few clockmakers, that put a half round brass beed, as seen the pictures above, around his dial. No spandrels to the dial is a typical quaker thing to do. I have been lucky to own a few of his antique clocks and every one, like the one above is exacting in every detail. The internal workmanship is not matched in my opinion, especially considering he is not from the establishment of clockmakers, that was London in the 17th and 18th centuries.

He produced some wonderful globe moons or  ‘Halifax moons’ ,as they were later called and various world time dials, he is in my opinion the finest of all provincial clockmakers and in some ways one of the finest of all clockmakers. Many fine clocks can be viewed on our website

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