The John C Taylor Collection – Part II

‘An Inventor’s Passion for Time

An important Selling Exhibition in Winchester from 6th to 27th November 2021

We are enormously excited and hugely privileged to be selling the most important private collection of English clocks ever to come on the market in the UK – being sold over several catalogued selling exhibitions from our Winchester premises.

‘There are three essential ingredients to starting a successful collection: Time, Inclination and Money – and I was lucky enough to have all three, but now I’m approaching 85, I believe it’s time to share these wonderful objects with others.’ Dr John C Taylor OBE

Many of you will know Dr Taylor, or will have heard of his ubiquitous kettle and motor switches – in fact, it is highly likely you are using one of his inventions daily. John’s horological passions have never been confined to a single area; innovation and quality has governed every acquisition, with many of the items needing little introduction, as their significance is both recognised and well documented.

The John C Taylor Collection – Part II

Second Selling Exhibition Catalogue

The fully illustrated 232 page Part II exhibition catalogue is available as a pdf here – while each individual exhibit, with images and some videos, can be viewed above within ‘JCT Part II’. The printed catalogue is available on request for £35.

True accuracy in clockmaking was initiated by the introduction of the pendulum in 1657, and Part II of the collection includes one of the very first by Salomon Coster in the Hague – dated 1658 and possibly made by our home-grown clockmaker, John Fromanteel, who was under contract to Coster at the time. As expected, items by particularly well-known makers East, Tompion and the Knibb brothers are well represented, but there are many interesting and affordable items besides, by the likes of Sutton, Hilderson, Knottesford, Jones, Puller, Massey, Gould, Ellicott, Shelton and Brock – with prices ranging from £500 to £950,000

Important Forthcoming Selling Exhibition:

  • Sat 6th November to Sat 27th November 2021‘The John C Taylor Collection – Part II’ at 32A The Square, Winchester – opening times: 10am to 5pm, every day except Sundays.

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

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Our business has been dealing in antique clocks and watches from 32A The Square since 1947. Together we have unparalleled experience in the field, with particular emphasis on the finest English clockmakers. This heritage has helped the company to handle some of the world’s most iconic horological pieces, and this continues today.

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.

Past Catalogues