When it comes to Melton Mowbray I suppose everyone thinks of one thing, yes the town is famous for pork pies. Back in the 18th century the town of Melton in Leicestershire had some very good clockmakers though. Thomas Boyfield being one of those very able watch and clockmakers. The cabinet design is very similar to those cases known manufactured by Deacon of Barton, who’s records were found and are now situated in Leicester Museum. Samuel Deacon being a famous antique clockmaker to come from this area. Clearly alot of information is known about Deacon through finding all his records, I am listing here a clock by Boyfield of Melton and so researchers can see the similarities in case design and the dial design. Clearly the dials were decorated in Birmingham. Unless you knew alot of information about Deacon clocks, you would think the clock I have pictured here is by Deacon himself.
Leicestershire has always been recognised as an important centre for clockmaking in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and I would recommend a visit to Samnuel Deacons preserved clock workshop in Barton Leicestershire. It is a real eye opening experience. Leiecestershire museum also has alot of extra information of the clockmakers from this area, and I would also recommend a trip here. From my knowledge I can not remember many spring driven clocks from the county of Leicestershire, Deacon and other makers really only produced weight driven clocks.
You will notice the typical Leicestershire top to the door that you will see on clocks from this area. It is true that pretty much every area of the country had its own particular case design. Features like this top to the door are distinctive and experts will only need to see this, to tell you where the clock was manufactured. This clock is of a lovely colour oak and with mahogany cross-banding and box wood fan inlays and chequerboard stringing. Quarter columns to the trunk and the typical hood design used on clocks like Deacon sold can also be seen.
Further information on this lovely antique grandfather clock can be seen by clicking here Antique Clock Boyfield Melton .