This wall-mounted clock is signed to the brass dial for Benjamin Holroyd – part of the dynasty of Wakefield horologists who include the respected maker John Holroyd. It has a weight-driven 30-hour movement with a single hand.
The most striking aspect of the case is a carved bust, seemingly original to the clock, that apes the silver or ormolu mounts found on deluxe London clocks of the William and Mary period.
Although in outwardly rough condition, most of the missing mouldings from the case had been retained. Estimated to bring £50-100 by Mander Auctions (24% inc VAT buyer’s premium) in Newton Green, Sudbury, on October 17, it sold at £2800.