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A rare mid 19th Century Bracket Clock of unusual large proportions, the silvered dial 8-day quarter repeat movement striking on bells and gong, by Charles. Nephew & Co, Calcutta.  The Clock housed in ebonised and acanthus carved giltwood ‘Indian style’ pagoda shaped case with ‘onion’ shaped finial.


Clocks were made in the UK for the Far Eastern market since the 18th century when James Cox was making his celebrated musical and automata clocks for the Emperors of China.  By the mid 19th century when  the days of the Indian Raj were at its height, clocks were being made for the luxury Indian market.


The company of Charles, Nephew and Co were no exception.  The company was established at a fine emporium in Old Court House Street, Calcutta and this fine striking mantel clock was retailed there.  In 1848 the firm succeeed Pittar & Co, founded by Charles John Pittar II, Uncle and Nephew, hense the name of the business.  Thomas Powell ceased to be a partner in 1853


Old Court House Street in Calcutta hosted a whole load of established dealers, including Charles, Nephew & Co, selling fine luxury goods from England to the Indian Raj.  The company of Charles, Nephew & Co not only sold elaborate mantel clocks but also fine arms and armour, pistols, swords and exceptional silver.

A mid 19th century striking bracket clock by Charles, Nephew & Co Calcutta

SKU: 6530
  • Circa: 1850

    Material: Ebonised case with gilt enrichments

    Country of Origin: England/Calcutta

  • Height: 27'' (69 CM)

    Width: 20'' (51 CM)

    Depth: 9'' (23 CM)

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