Dating dennison watch cases

Mark Hawkins died at 76 years old on 11th March 1749, but we would reckon it to be in 1750.(Until 1752 the year was not reckoned to begin until March 25th.) Mary, his wife, died on 29th March 1752. Richard Rayment, Bury St Edmunds, b1686-d1754 Richard Rayment is recorded by Haggar and Miller as one of Suffolk's most important makers.

The period from 1720 to 1760 has been called the Golden Age of Clockmaking in England.

During these years the production of high class Long Case clocks in Suffolk was at its peak.

It is signed, "Richard Rayment St Edmunds Bury." It has an 8 day verge escapement with repeating action on two bells, half seconds pendulum, and an ebonised case. Another example of his work is in the Bridewell Museum, Norwich.

Haggar and Miller's Supplement to Suffolk Clockmakers included a report that a turret clock at All Saints Church, Great Thurlow, was made by Richard Rayment of Bury St Edmunds, in 1734.

The 1979 Catalogue of the Gershom Parkington Collection included the Longcase clock and Lantern clock of Mark senior, and his lantern clock can be seen on display in Moyse's Hall Museum in 2007.

This Lantern Clock is signed "Mark Hawkins St Edmunds Bury." By clicking on the clock you will see an enlarged picture.The second illustration comes from the website of clock dealer Brian Loomes of Harrogate, at He married Mary Browne of Elmswell, by licence at Timworth on September 26th, 1714.The pattern of frets used by Richard Rayment was often the one incorporating crossed dolphins, seen here. The licence described him as a watchmaker and gave his age as 28 years, although this conflicts with the burial register.The silver pair-cased verge watch is signed "Rich: Rayment, St. A view inside the case can be seen by clicking on the illustration.The oak 30 hour Long Case clock has a lantern type movement, with both hour and minute hands.George became an Attorney, avoiding the horology business.

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