It was not the oak case that made this George III eight-day longcase clock such an attractive lot at Batemans of Stamford – it was the movement and face which bore the magic name of Thomas Ogden of Halifax.
Ogden's movements often have unusual features and this one had five, rather than the customary four, pillars, and included a 'Halifax' globe that spins to indicate phases of the moon.
Seven telephone bidders and two commission bids ensured that the clock tripled its estimate on February 1-2, selling to a Yorkshire dealer for £4200 (plus 15% buyer's premium).
West Midlands Clock
There were no fewer than 14 longcases among the 173 lots from a Staffordshire home sold by Hansons from a packed Derbyshire Auction Centre on January 12 (a sale that included the 17th century double portrait sold for £62,000.
Like much of the contents, a medley of oak tester beds, coffers, press cupboards and the like, many of these fitted into the 'furnishing' category but it is worth noting an early 18th century oak 30-hour longcase, signed to the dial T. Deykin, Worcester, No 391.
As detailed by Brian Loomes in an article titled The Deykins of Worcester, this is a well known name in the West Midlands: starting around 1700, father and son Thomas and Henry Deykin were in business in Worcester for about 80 years and together made more than 1400 clocks.
We know this because, early in the century, they began to number their movements - number 391 dating this clock to the middle of Thomas Deykin's career (he died around 1750 - the highest numbered clock said to be about 800).
Deemed a decent West Midlands vernacular clock, it sold at £2300.