Carter Marsh & Co.

“Perhaps Sotheby’s and Christie’s could learn something from Carter Marsh & Co.” Scott Reyburn, International New York Times

Antique Clocks & Watches

Established in 1947 at 32A The Square, close to the Cathedral in Winchester, our shop has been a magnet for horological collectors and enthusiasts for 70 years.

Our stock reflects the history of horology over the last four centuries and we have a continually changing selection of important and rare clocks and barometers, many by the best makers of their time. You will regularly find clocks by Fromanteel, Tompion, Quare, Knibb, Graham, Mudge, Dutton Vulliamy, Arnold, Frodsham and Dent but you will also see interesting items by less well known makers.

Our pocket and wristwatch selection includes Tompion, Quare, Breguet, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Cartier, IWC and Jaeger-le-Coultre.

Whether a long-term collector or first-timer buyer please do come and see us in Winchester, alternatively please phone us or send an email and we will be delighted to assist you in any way we can.

Looking to sell?

We are always seeking to purchase fine clocks and watches, paricularly by important makers. We can buy outright or offer a service to sell for you on a commission basis. Please contact us for an appraisal, or send us images of the pieces you wish to sell, we are always pleased to offer advice on both the acquisition and disposal of horological pieces from single items to complete collections.

Carter Marsh & Co. recently handled the sale of over 100 items from The Tom Scott Collection; universally acknowledged as the most important assembly of horological items to come on the market for over 80 years. As a direct result we have handled more clocks by Thomas Tompion than the main auction rooms combined, including four examples from Tompion’s renowned series of grande sonnerie clocks.

Winchester shop

We are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 9.30 to 5pm (closing for lunch between 1pm and 2pm). Please see the contact us page for a map of Winchester and places to park.

Workshop

We are extremely fortunate to have our own dedicated team of apprentice served craftsmen working on site. We offer our customers a complete conservation and restoration service; from routine overhauls to the full restoration, we have been privileged to work on some of the world’s finest and rarest clocks and watches. The team includes: Roger Still - Former head of Asprey's workshops and tutor at West Dean College. Gordon Bird - Over 35 years with us in the workshop and friend to many of our longest supporting customers. Jonathan Kelly - our latest addition and a graduate from West Dean College.

About Us

Darrell Dipper

Darrell was born and bred in Winchester and started as a clockmaker’s apprentice in the company at the age of 15. His invaluable knowledge and experience gained on the bench has given him an insight into the clocks and watches that is afforded to few other dealers. Darrell is a full partner in the business and, as well as being responsible for the Winchester showroom, he was instrumental in the successful handling of The Tom Scott Collection, organising the two sell-out exhibitions in Winchester. Darrell recently discovered and brokered the sale of a previously unrecorded table clock by George Graham.

Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
BADA & CINOA member

Jonathan Carter

Jonathan was educated at Radley before joining the Army as a regular officer for five years. On leaving he worked for a furniture restoration workshop and in the 1990s attended the West Dean College Clock Conservation Course where he pursued his passion and fascination for antique clocks. Since graduating, he has been specialising in early English clocks by the finest makers. Dealing with institutions and private collectors worldwide, he has handled many of the most important English clocks to come on the market in the last 20 years. Jonathan has co-authored two books; 'Thomas Tompion 300 Years' and 'The Golden Age of English Horology'.

Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Dip. BADA

Gerald Marsh F.B.H.I.

Gerald started at 32a The Square, Winchester, aged 15 as an apprentice to Geoffrey Bell who founded the company in 1947. Since buying the business in 1972, Gerald has been pivotal in helping to build a number of the best private clock collections in the world. Although now semi-retired, his immense knowledge and endless enthusiasm for the subject, built up over more than 60 years, has been instrumental in the success of the company.

Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
Freeman of the City of London
BADA & CINOA member

The rest of our valuable team

Nicholas Tozer - Nicholas has proved an invaluable asset to the shop and you will usually meet him as first port of call, on the front desk.

Diane Hanna - we are lucky to have Diane, she organises everything in the background - including Darrell and Jonathan!

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