24½ inches.


The figured mahogany wall clock case of typical Vulliamy drop dial chisel-foot form, the well-shaped mahogany surround with integral lock for the hinged cast-brass bezel. The rear body with opening doors to both sides, a well figured front to the drop and shaped mouldings where the case goes into the chisel bottom base, which has a further door for pendulum regulation.


The 12 inch silvered brass dial with Roman hours and outer minute divisions, signed to the centre Vulliamy, London, 1771, with archetypal blued-steel spade and pointer hands.


The substantial plates with four plain but well-shaped pillars, the going train with gut fusee and spring barrel and a half deadbeat escapement with heavy steel rod pendulum, stamped 1771, and hung from the backplate with a regulator style suspension, the backplate is signed and numbered, Vulliamy, London, No. 1771.


8 days.


Sotheby’s London, 27 April 2010, lot 215, sold for £10,625;

Private collection, UK.


Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy was the last of the dynasty. Born in 1780, the son of Benjamin, he was free of the Clockmakers Company in 1809 and went into business with his father, continuing to trade from Pall Mall. He was clockmaker to George IV, William IV, and Victoria, and supplied many clocks to government offices as well as the Royal palaces. Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy died in 1854.

Some of the Vulliamy workshop papers survive at the British horological Institute, but No.1771 falls after the two surviving record books. The second book starts with No.746, made in 1820 and finishes with No.1067, produced in 1831, this is an average annual production of 27/28 clocks, which would suggest that No.1771 was perhaps produced c.1846.