Lantern clocks

Brian Loomes Antique Clocks

Brian & Joy Loomes

Pateley Bridge

Contact us by email only, please, NOT by phone nor text.

We have a large archive of sold clocks, and almost 150 articles by Brian Loomes on clock collecting, clockmakers and clock care and identification. For more information, please click the links on the right.

Winners of the 2001 BACA award for excellence under the category of specialist clock dealers, judged on 1. quality of service, 2. consistent quality of stock, 3. depth of knowledge.

Antique Clocks

Buying/selling on commission

Buying or selling clocks on a commission basis

Brian and Joy Loomes

SELLING. We also offer a service to sell your clock for you on a commission basis of 10% of the agreed selling price (with a minimum of £100). Any such clock currently available will be illustrated on this page.

BUYING. If you are a potential buyer, then send us details by email of what you are looking for – clocks by a maker or of a certain surname, or made in a certain town or village, or clocks by a certain clock-making ancestor. This is a search service we have operated for fifty two years now.

FEE. For a buyer this service costs nothing until and unless we find a clock you decide to buy, then we charge you 10% of the purchase price (with a minimum of £100), only charged if a sale takes place. It costs nothing to have YOUR details on our list.


NEGOTIATION. We usually put the seller and buyer in direct touch with each other to negotiate a sale directly. Or we can do that if you prefer. We will advise on appropriate prices if requested. Our commission is 10% of the final agreed price (with a minimum of £100) from the buyer AND the seller. To be clear the buyer and seller EACH pay 10%.

FINDING A CLOCK AT AUCTION. Additionally we run a search service to find such a clock for you at auction. A buyer's premium is charged to all buyers by the auction house. This can be as low as 10% or as high as 25%. VAT is added to the premium itself. The commission fee you would owe me (10% with a minimum fee of £100) would be based on that total auction price (that is the total price you pay the auctioneer including premium and VAT) – but only if you actually buy the clock.

BRITISH CLOCKS ONLY. This service applies to British antique clocks.

CONTACT. I need to have an instant means of contacting you. Email me via our Contact Box and I will send you my email address. Phone numbers at home and at work, addresses, especially all email addresses. The latter are essential as I need to email you images. I also need to be advised if you change any of these.

RESTORATION/CARRIAGE/SHIPPING. If the clock needs restoration work I can put you in touch with a carrier/restorer or, in the case of overseas clients, an experienced packer/shipper.

GENUINENESS. Many clocks have been seriously altered since new, sometimes to the point where they are no longer considered genuine enough to be desirable. We can always advise on this aspect.

VALUE. The difficulty for you is knowing what the clock is worth on the open market. This is what I do for a living and I will advise you on that aspect. Some buyers might be keen to buy a clock by an ancestor, especially if it has taken years to locate one, even if it runs to a higher price than its regular value in the market at large. This is one possibility, but you, as the buyer, still need to know its true market value, which I will be able to assess for you.


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A spectacular clock by Ahasuerus Fromanteel with the finest dial of any of his lantern clocks, the only clock known by him converted to fusee movement.

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Balance lantern clock by Ahasuerus Fromanteel. Only a handful exist.

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Tiny (6.5 inch) hooded wall clock of the late 17c by Thomas Fardon, the oldest clock yet known from this family of Oxfordshire Quaker clockmakers and the only example known by this Thomas.

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Miniature winged lantern clock by Thomas Giles of St. Albans, the only clock recorded by this previously undocumented maker.

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A fine lantern clock by Edward Norris with re-instated balance escapement.

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A uniquely rare lantern clock made by the celebrated Peter Closon, believed the only one by him with ORIGINAL balance escapement.

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A unique lantern clock with original balance escapement by Ahasuerus Fromanteel of London.


A rare Elizabethan sundial by Iaack Symmes of London.

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A Civil War period lantern clock by Henricus Smith of London, discovered in France.


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