CLOCK WATCH­ING

Cheshire Life - - Homes & Interiors -

Joseph Sewill was a Liver­pool clock and watch­maker, the busi­ness he founded in 1800 flour­ish­ing un­der his con­trol from 1853-56. His sons took over and the com­pany went on to dom­i­nate pro­duc­tion of pre­ci­sion ma­rine in­stru­ments and chronome­ters for the Bri­tish mar­itime in­dus­try, proud to be known as ‘Maker to the Ad­mi­ralty’. The busi­ness closed in 2000. This late 19th or early 20th cen­tury ma­hogany-cased ob­ser­va­tory reg­u­la­tor wall clock, in­scribed ‘Sewills of Liver­pool Ob­ser­va­tory Reg­u­la­tor’ sold for £740 at Adam Par­tridge’s rooms in the city. Reg­u­la­tor clocks are so ac­cu­rate they are used to ‘reg­u­late’ oth­ers to en­sure per­fect time keep­ing.

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