22 May 2015

Dealer Highlight: Old As Time Antiques

Old as Time Antiques joined Grays in October 2014, and their showcase P4 in the Mews offers a selection of shop ready warranted clocks and timepieces.

Old as Time Antiques started trading in 1981 selling antiques and collectables at antique fairs.  By 1984 they had evolved into a business providing a comprehensive range of services. These include the service and restoration, valuation, surveys and audits of antique clocks and small furniture, in addition to buying and selling. Their showcase is a sample of the styles of clocks and watches they stock, for example:

Japy Fre’res are recognised as one of the most innovative French clock designers between 18th century & 19th century, with many of their clocks carrying the “Medaille d’Honneur” stamp, and a recent London exhibition was solely dedicated to their work. Pictured below is a 1/2hr 8 day garniture clock dated late 19th century. They also have two similar clocks by the same maker.

Offered by Old As Time Antiques

Likewise, Chas. Frodsham, London, is recognised for designing quality chronometers, watches and timepieces. The firm has been described as the longest continuous trading firm in the world, late 18th century to today and has supplied the Royal Family with chronometers and clocks.  More recently they have specialised in carriage clocks and watches. Below is a hallmarked silver cased carriage clock designed to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee. It is assayed London 1970 and the case weights c. 16ozs:

Offered by Old As Time Antiques

This German movement 1/4hr 8 day bracket clock designed and manufactured in the Georgian style offers an impactful, stylish and quality addition to any home. The German movement is housed in a mahogany case with walnut veneer and has a Westminster chime. This item was owned by one family since the beginning of the 20th century:

Offered by Old As Time Antiques

Equally, the skeleton clock was designed to not only indicate time but also intrigue the observer. This example is a single fusee timepiece which combines the repetitive accuracy of a fuse movement with a classical design whilst allowing the owner to view the operation of their clock. It was manufactured between 1900 - 1915:

Offered by Old As Time Antiques

Another style of clock which makes an impression is the balloon cased clock. This 2hr 8 day clock has a French movement housed in a solid mahogany case with stringing and veneer decoration. It was originally presented to Miss M. Tarn in 1909: 

Offered by Old As Time Antiques

For the individual seeking a mantel clock, they can offer a wide selection of items datelined up to 1939, embracing the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Arts & Crafts periods. The item illustrated is a 1/2hr 8 day mantel clock with a French movement housed in an ebonised mahogany case. It was originally presented to a Mr Hugh Davies, May 1909:

Offered by Old As Time Antiques

The above timepieces can be purchased from showcase P4 in Grays Mews.

For more information about Old as Time Antiques, visit their Facebook page here or call 01442 395 761.

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