he small desirable longcase clock illustrated here is a rare and exceptionally early 30-hour London example which dates from around c1672. This architectural ebonised longcase has stood untouched in a private collection for almost 60 years.


   he 9.75 inch square brass dial with small winged cherub head spandrels to the four corners has a narrow chapter of 1.25 inches wide. It has a matchstick flower design for half-hour markers with minute markings on the outside edge of the ring. The busy dial centre is most beautifully engraved with tulip flowers and is signed within a lambrequin above the number VI. The dial engraving is of the highest London quality of the day. The superb quality 30-hour plated movement with its original anchor escapement has four large ringed and knopped pillars and survives today in a very original condition including retaining all of its original wheel work. The

wonderfully small proportioned architectural ebonised case stands approximately 6 feet, 5"high to the top of its pediment is fashioned with ebonised fruitwood veneers and mouldings onto a pine carcass. It has hood side windows and no mask.















  rivate Ownership of John Carlton-Smith between 1960-2018


John Carlton-Smith purchased this Charles Rogers ebonised longcase clock in 1960 for his own private collection. The then owner (in 1960) had been one of the founding member of the AHS back in 1953 and was a  highly respected and serious collector. John then kept the longcase clock untouched in his collection for 58 years, until January 2018 when I purchased the clock from John - for my own private collection!


 About John Carlton-Smith

John Carlton-Smith has been dealing in antique clocks since 1972 including examples from the most renowned English clockmakers such as Thomas Tompion, George Graham, Joseph & John Knibb and Daniel Quare. John’s long experience and discerning eye mean that he has served on the  clock vetting committee of some of the most important antique fairs, including the former Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, Masterpiece London and the BADA Fair.
















      the Clockmakers Company when he was Bound to William Almond on 6th November 1649 through Ralph Almond until he was Freed on 14th December 1657. In 1662 he was working in Blackfriers and later at Guilhall and Charing Cross. He took as apprentices: September 1661 Benjamin Heath; July 1662 Henry Atlee, March 1665 Charles Templer;  March 1672 John Frethy; his son, Charles Rogers (II), passed over March 1678 from William Cowper but he was never Freed. Charles Rogers I worked until at least 1704 and died in 1709



     n the 17th February 1665 (the same year as the Great Plague), Charles Rogers along with 33 other persons  was put on trial for attending an illegal Religious Meeting. He was found Guilty and sentenced for transportation to Jamaica for 7 years. However  the  evidence suggests that he managed to purchase his freedom and took Charles Templer as an apprentice just one month after his trial in March 1665. Templer was Freed in March 1672.

















igned within a lambrequin Charles Rogers at Guild Hall (London)


harles Rogers

Guild Hall, London c1672



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matchstick flower design for half -hour markers.


30-hour longcase clock



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 The Triial of Charles Rogers 




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The Clocks Provenance



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howing the beautifully engraved dial centre with tulip flowers.


17th century illustration of a Religious Meeting.

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      n historically important fact is that Charles Rogers trial   took place in London during the early days of the Great Plague. The Plague, lasted from 1665–1666 and was the last major epidemic of the bubonic plague to occur in England. The Great Plague killed an estimated 100,000 people-almost a quarter of London's population in 18 months.The plague was caused by the Yersinia pestis bacterium, which is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected rat flea. A plague doctor was used during this time to help identify victims.


   he plague doctor mask had glass openings in the eyes and a curved beak shaped like that of a bird with straps that held the beak in front of the doctor's nose. The mask had two small nose holes and was a type of respirator which contained aromatic items. The beak could hold dried flowers (including roses and carnations), herbs (including mint), spices, camphor, or a vinegar sponge. The purpose of the mask was to keep away bad smells, known as miasma, which were thought to be the principal cause of the disease, before it was disproved by germ theory. Doctors believed the herbs would counter the "evil" smells of the plague and prevent them from becoming infected. The beak doctor costume worn by plague doctors had a wide- brimmed leather hat to indicate their profession. They used wooden canes in order to point out areas needing attention and to examine patients without touching them. The canes were also used to keep people away, to remove clothing from plague victims without having to touch them, and to take a patient's pulse


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The Great Plague of 1665

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(I am seeking an example that has not been recently restored please.)

(I am seeking an example that has not been recently restored please.)


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Isaac Symmes Sundial c1610

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