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Last updated 30 November 2023

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The following books were added to our booklist in November 2023:

Bird (C.): Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham

Bird (C.): Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham
NEW. 382 pages, illus., 2003. Metamec of East Dereham in Norfolk, made a wide range of domestic clocks in the second half of the 20th century. This is a history of the firm, written whilst those with first hand knowledge of the business are still alive. The book has many photographs and details of the models Metamec made - at the height of their success they employed 1,000 people and were making 25,000 clocks a week! A fine copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1663 - E2)

Price: 10.00

[Bobinet]: An Exhibition of English Pocket Chronometers from the 18th to the 20th Century
O/P. 17 pages, 15 plates, 1976. The catalogue of an exhibition held in December 1976 showing some fine chronometers. Note: The plates were printed separately and are tipped in. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: KW4023 - E1)

Price: 20.00

Craven (M.): The Smiths of Derby - A Journey Through Time

Craven (M.): The Smiths of Derby - A Journey Through Time
O/P. 278 pages, illustrated, 2011. A history of the well known firm, Smiths of Derby, founded by John Smith in 1849 and best known for their turret clocks. The book concentrates on the Company, the Smith family and the staff showing how the company has successfully adapted to a changing market place over the last 160 years. Fine copy with fine dust jacket. (Ref: K2592 - G2)

Price: 40.00

Hope-Jones (F.): Electric Clocks
O/P. 261 pages, 127 figs., [ 1931 ]. This is by far the rarest of Hope-Jones's publications and has never been reprinted. The book describes the various types of electric clock mechanism starting with Alexander Bain and describing developments up to the time the book was published. A good copy, cloth now a little worn to top and bottom of spine and to corners. (Ref: K659 - M1)

Price: 55.00

Jagger (C.): Paul Philip Barraud - a study of a fine Chronometer Maker, and of his Relatives, Associates and Successors in the Family Business 1750 - 1929

Jagger (C.): Paul Philip Barraud - a study of a fine Chronometer Maker, and of his Relatives, Associates and Successors in the Family Business 1750 - 1929
O/P. 177 pages, 21 plates, 1968. An excellent book about the Barraud business with a useful listing of known chronometers, clocks, watches and their serial numbers, very useful when trying to date other examples. Complete with the supplement published in 1979, making a total of 283 pages and 33 plates. Barraud's are one of the most respected 19th century chronometer makers so this book is essential reading for enthusiasts. A fine copy now smartly bound in half green Morocco with raised bands and gilt lettering to the spine.

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(Ref: K1750 - E4)

Price: 125.00

Loveday (M.S.), McKay (C.G.) et al: Big Ben - Its Engineering Past and Future
O/P. [59 pages], illustrated, 1981. A monograph produced by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers following the catastrophic failure of the great clock at the Palace of Westminster in 1976. The book has four parts: The Design and Construction of the Clock, The Failure of the Quarter Striking Mechanism in 1976, The Safety Brake fitted to prevent re-occurrence, and Non-Destructive Tests Carried out on the Mechanism. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: KW2200 - BX7)

Price: 10.00

Mayson (G.T.):  Mechanical Singing-Bird Tabatires

Mayson (G.T.): Mechanical Singing-Bird Tabatires
O/P. 256 pages, over 200 colour illustrations, 2000. The book opens with a brief historical survey then progresses to the restoration of movements, birds and boxes. Singing bird boxes are much sought after today; this book is the only work on the subject and has become very hard to find. Written by a dedicated restorer who was well respected throughout Europe and the USA. Now hard to find. A fine copy with very good dust jacket.

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(Ref: K2730 - P1)

Price: 250.00

Pin (L.): Clocks and Watches of the Qing Dynasty - From the Collection in the Forbidden City
O/P. 207 pages, illustrated, 1st edition reprinted 2008. A good book describing, and illustrating in colour, 154 fabulous clocks in the Palace Museum Beijing. 70 of the items are by English makers including James Cox and Timothy Williamson, 50 were made in China, the remainder are French or Swiss. Fine copy, card covers. [Chinese and English language] (Ref: K1879 - F5)

Price: 25.00

Shenton (F.G.A.): The Eureka Clock

Shenton (F.G.A.): The Eureka Clock
O/P. 96 pages, many black & white illustrations, 2nd edition, 1999. A complete history of the Eureka Clock Company and its clocks with information on what to look out for when buying and details of how to restore to working order. The book also includes Eureka clocks made in Germany, France and the USA. A fine copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K281 - R1)

Price: 60.00

Smith & Sons Ltd: Guide to the Purchase of a Watch
O/P. 125 pages, illus., 1978. A facsimile reprint of the 3rd edition of Smith's catalogue from circa 1900. A very detailed catalogue of a large number of watches with detailed explanations of chronographs, Bonniksen's Karrusel, non-magnetizable watches, etc. Very good copy of softbound edition, card covers. (Ref: K1641 - N3)

Price: 15.00

[Smiths] compiled by Smith (B.): Smiths Domestic Clocks

[Smiths] compiled by Smith (B.): Smiths Domestic Clocks
NEW. 290 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 2008. A brief history of the origins of Smiths Industries and their domestic clock making activities which started in 1931 and ceased in 1979. Smiths owned several companies and trade marks so Smiths English Clocks Ltd, the Enfield Clock Company, 'Astral' and 'Empire' are just a few of the names mentioned. The book also contains a picture gallery of over 2150 different clocks and timers produced by Smiths. A lot of clocks, but they were England's largest manufacturer of clocks at the time! Card covers. (Ref: N1918)

Price: 25.00
[Smiths] compiled by Smith (B.): Smiths Watches

[Smiths] compiled by Smith (B.): Smiths Watches
NEW. 277 pages, illustrated, 2009. A history of watch production by the Smiths group of companies with details of the pocket and wristwatches produced at the factories in Cheltenham and Ystradgynlais (Wales). The wide range of watches produced between 1947 and 1974 is shown in the 16 surviving catalogues reprinted here. Card covers. (Ref: N2146)

Price: 25.00
White (G.):  English Lantern Clocks

White (G.): English Lantern Clocks
O/P. 539 pages, 8 colour plates and lots of b&w illustrations, 1st and only edition, 1989. A very large and comprehensive work which has become the standard reference book on English lantern clocks. This is the essential book on the subject and all lantern clock enthusiasts need a copy. The book covers styles and development of lantern clocks in London and the provinces in great detail and has lots of information about how to spot conversions, alterations and fakes. A fine copy of a rare book, very good dust jacket (two small areas of abrasion to front of jacket).

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(Ref: K724 - N3)

Price: 345.00

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