A Charles II walnut hooded wall clock with alarm struck way past its £15,000-20,000 estimate at Dreweatts' Clocks and Scientific Instruments auction yesterday, February 17.
Thought to have been crafted by John Knibb, a clockmaker and later twice Mayor of Oxford, circa 1685, it realised a final hammer price of £37,000.
A contributing factor to the clock's final hammer price may have been in mysterious owner history. It is thought to have belonged in a connoisseur collection of Antiques and Works of Art, in the early 20th century.
Aside from that, the timepiece's alluring features include a square gilt brass dial with a silvered arm disc and finely sculpted steel hand, Roman numerals and fleur-de-lys half-hour markers typical of Knibb's clock making.
The clock was discovered by the vendor while sorting though effects inherited from a family member over 50 years ago.
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