Granddaughter clock

Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This type of clock used to be known as a granddaughter clock. It is a French timepiece in an English cabinet and an engraved plaque on the front reads: “Presented to Capt. Geoffrey W. Sherston by the tenants of the Grantley and Brimham Estates, March 1935”. The tenants were farmers on large country estates in North Yorkshire and the recipient, my grandfather, was the manager of the estates. The clock and chime mechanism both have to be wound with a large key once a week, and there is a highly sensitive adjustment lever to adjust the speed of the clock if it’s gaining or losing a few seconds over that period.

This item was first published in The Heirloom Project.

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