Mys­tery sur­rounds story be­hind an­tique clock

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A RARE 18th cen­tury grand­fa­ther clock built in Mac­cles­field has been put up for auc­tion.

Adam Par­tridge Auc­tion­eers is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion about the un­usual clock, which is in­scribed ‘Smith, Mac­cles­field’.

Toni Child, from the auc­tion house, said: “It is an an­tique clock made by John Smith of Mac­cles­field in 1756. And as we have never come across a sim­i­lar ex­am­ple be­fore, be­lieve it to be rather special.

“We’ve done some re­search into the name but we haven’t been able to find any­thing out. If any­one can help us with any in­for­ma­tion we would be in­ter­ested.”

The clock is an oak long­case clock with 12” brass dial. It has an eight day move­ment and arched door.

The maker, John Smith of Mac­cles­field, is noted as op­er­at­ing in the town around 1760, although the ex­act ad­dress is un­known.

The clock, which is being sold by an in­di­vid­ual col­lec­tor, will be put up for auc­tion at the Withy­fold Drive auc­tion house on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 8, as part fo the an­tiques and fine art sale.

Mys­tery sur­rounds the crafts­man be­hind the an­tique clock

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