he highly desirable 30-hour longcase Clock illustrated here is a rare London example and dates from around c1672. This longcase clock has stood untouched in a private collection for almost 60 years and is shown here in its unrestored 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 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. It has lost its iron minute hand. The superb architectual ebonised case with side windows and side panels 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.
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
mall Cherub Head Spandrels and matchstick flower half - hour markers.
howing the beautifully engraved dial centre with tulip flowers.
Guild Hall, London
17th February 1665
The Trial of Charles Rogers
howing the superb
9.75 inch square
howing a side view of movement. Note the finned and ringed pillars
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howing a close-up of the superb iron hour hand.
harles Rogers at Guildhall,
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