The ‘Lowestoft’ Punchbowls

These consist of six Chinese porcelain armorial punchbowls showing the arms of the Company and the arms of John Ward, Master in 1797. It is not clear how they originally came into the Company’s possession or whether we ever owned all six. There is a record of three of the bowls in our possession in 1901. Stylistically they are of slightly earlier date than 1795 and were thought, in the late nineteenth century, to have been made at Lowestoft factory in England. However, careful examination shows them to be true Chinese hard paste porcelain. All the bowls were lost during the Second World War. Five of them were rediscovered in 1992 in the Museum of London. The sixth is known to be in America having been sold in 1953 for £10,000. Four of the bowls have been returned to the Company, one bowl will remain on display in the Museum of London.

A modern Chinese punchbowl was presented to the company by the Keeper of the Collection, Past Master Sir George White Bt. to commemorate his year as Master, 2001.

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Clock Exhibition – “Innovation and Collaboration”

This is a rare opportunity. Bonhams are hosting a highly significant clock exhibition Innovation & Collaboration 3rd to 14th Sep 2018 at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, under the direction and significant support of Liverymen Dr John Taylor and Keith Roberts, showcasing hundreds of early English clocks, largely dating from the years immediately following the introduction of the pendulum. Admission is free. Further details here.

Anna Rolls appointed Curator

On behalf of the Clockmakers’ Charity, the Master is delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Rolls as Curator of the Clockmakers’ Collection; a new role that has been established following Past Master Sir George White’s decision not to seek re-election as Keeper of the Collection in September, after more than thirty years’ Service. Click the link for all information..

The Clockmakers of London

New 88 page edition of “The Clockmakers of London” now published by Sir George White, with substantially revised text and a large number of stunning new illustrations. Read more about it  …. & you can buy it for £15 on this link.

The Hain Sanders Research / Personal Development Award

The Hain Sanders Research / Personal Development Award assists professional clockmakers and watchmakers in the learning of new skills or enhancing their personal development, and supports scientists researching the measurement of time or a closely related project. Click here for the application form.

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A formal affiliation was signed in 2014 between the WCC and the AHS. WCC Liverymen and Freemen are encouraged to attend the excellent AHS Lectures, which are free to WCC members and include teas before and wine afterwards, so are very social and interesting events. List of forthcoming lectures in London is on the AHS site.

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