Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London

England, 1870
£7,650.00
Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London

Month-Duration Semi-Regulator by Charles Frodsham, London

England, 1870
£7,650.00
Height 31.50 inch (80 cm)
Width 12.00 inch (30 cm)
Depth 6.50 inch (17 cm)
A rare month duration ‘semi-regulator’ retailed by this famous London maker. A fine pale walnut case with ebony stringing holds a French movement by Achille Brocot, apparently made to Frodsham’s specifications, with pin-pallet escapement and visible gridiron pendulum. The clock has hour and half-hour strike on a gong and the enamel dial is signed “Chas. Frodsham clockmaker to the Queen.”

There is also a typical boxwood beatscale by Frodsham at the bottom of the case. The back of the movement is numbered 5482 with initials “AB” and is further signed by Frodsham as on the dial.

Although Frodsham’s sales records no longer survive, according to Richard Stenning of Frodsham & Co this clock is extremely rare, and most likely was a “one-off order for a striking wall clock.” The movement was probably ordered in from Brocot to keep the clock within the client’s specified budget. In fact, only one other Frodsham clock with a month-going, bell striking Brocot movement (number 5493) is known to exist.

Bibliography:
Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World
(London, 2006)
Vaudrey Mercer, The Frodshams: The Story of a Family of Chronometer Makers (Ramsgate, 1981)

Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) was the son and grandson of respected chronometer and watch makers, his father William James Frodsham being a partner in Parkinson & Frodsham, the marine and pocket chronometer makers. Charles took over the business of clockmakers Arnold & Co. at 84 The Strand in 1843 and upon this foundation built up a celebrated clock business. He produced a unique double escapement skeleton clock for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and was Master of the Clockmaker’s Company in 1855 and 1862. His firm continues making clocks and still holds a warrant to the British royal family and were commissioned by the Clockmakers Company to create a special clock for HM The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Achille Brocot (1817-1878) was an important French clockmaker and mathematician, who had a London-based business for part of his career. He is known for making refinements to the adjustable pendulum suspension devised by his father, the clockmaker Louis Grabriel Brocot and for pin-pallet escapements.
  

Condition

Good

Materials

Walnut
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