Maker, James Condliff, Liverpool, England, c. 1830's.
This is an early example by this famous English maker. Two train hour strike on rack and
snail system. bell located in wooden base. Movement is 10" h x 7" w.
Although the clock base has the inscription "Made in Darlington By Samuel
Thompson" this example is assuredly by Condliff. (See below for more information on
Thompson). A similar example is illustrated in Skeleton Clocks, F.B. Royer-Collard,
page 45. There are many examples in this book and in the book British Skeleton Clocks,
Derek Roberts that illustrate the fact that Condliff's clocks often had other peoples
names engraved on them. It is a tribute to their quality and general contemporary
recognition that that other people attached their names to Condliff's work. Often a
jewelry store owner or small clock maker would do this as an advertising gimmick for their
following reserch report was made in England: 'Samuel Thompson was a watch and clock maker
of High Row, Darlington listed in our earliest directory, Parson and White History of the
county of Durham 1827. He is also listed -with an addition of '(and clock
movement)'- in our next directory, Pigot and Co Commercial directory of Durham 1834.
In our next directory, Francis White and Co's General Directory...1847, the listing
is 'Thompson Coverdale, 8 High Row'. After this, in Hagar and Co's Directory of
County Durham 1851, William Coverdale is listed as a clock maker at Farmer's Yard. We also
have a poster advertising the 'sale by auction on 25 April 1838 of the freehold dwelling
house and front shop situate on High Row, Darlington, together with the workshop used as a
clock manufactory now in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Thompson, clock and watch
maker...also a share in the tolls arising from the market.'