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Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
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04/10/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th October 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dear Customers...

As you are probably aware, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented turmoil to the retail shop / High Street sector since 23rd March 2020 with all non-essential shops being forced to close. The UK Government took the decision to allow this sector which, includes Antiques Stores, to re-open from 15th June 2020, but only if we are able to meet specified criteria set out in the "COVID 19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES". 
We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With the above in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to keep our store at Walsingham closed for the time being to the general public until further notice

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The Management Team at Holt Antiques would like to thank every one of you for your continued support during this time.

Robin Dunkley

Managing Director, Holt Antique Furniture Ltd

Rare 19th Century Victorian Antique Folk Art Clockmaker's Shop Sign, Possibly American, Circa 1850-1880

  • Reference : 5243
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : See description
  • Price : £1495


A Rare 19th century Clock Maker's sign.

Circa 1850-1880.
This is an original sign, not a reproduction.
English and American examples are known.
The sign takes the form of a large golden pocket watch with an "enamel" dial.
Constructed from turned and gilded pine, mounted with a painted tin clock face.
Surmounted by a large bronze suspension ring on a wrought iron pommel.
The painted tin dial is original to the sign (in my opinion), but it may have been taken from an earlier clock when the sign was made in the 19th century. This is possibly indicated by the blocked winding holes.
Over the years the wooden surround has shrunk by approximately 1/4 of an inch across the grain. This is a good indication of age and is to be expected with an early piece.
The painting on the dial is original and it has not been over-painted.
A similar example was sold by Sothebys, New York: "Sculptural Fantasy, The Important American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin, 10 October 2019", lot 90 ($5625).
A rare example of 19th Century Folk Art.
The sign makes a bold decorative statement and would look wonderful displayed within an early or a modern interior. 
Original antique condition as per photos. The hand(s) are missing. It would be easy to source appropriate longcase clock hands on line.
The dial is weathered as per photos. The painting to the dial is original and has not been over-painted. Original large bronze suspension ring. No restoration or repair.
Height to top of iron pommel, excluding bronze ring: 18 inches, 45.8 cms
Diameter of wooden surround (along the grain): 14 1/8 inches, 35.9 cms
Diameter of wooden surround (against the grain): 13 7/8, 35.3 cms.
Total height (including the bronze ring): 20 1/8 inches, 51.4 cms
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