[ Clocks ]Collection of Victorian horological ephemera, comprising eight posters, two illustrated catalogues, four printed price lists, and four receipts.

G. & F. E. Wattis, Birmingham; Alfred Lea and John Knight & Co., Leeds; John Greenwood & Sons, Clerkenwell; [Victorian clocks and watches; clockmakers; timepieces; horology; trade catalogues]
Publication details: 
Undated [1870s and 1880s]. Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London.
SKU: 18860

The collection, consisting of eighteen items, would appear to derive from J. L. Cocker, to whom one of the receipts is made out. Eight posters, all but the last in fair condition, aged and lightly worn; and all but Number printed in black and white. Items Three and Eight have the firm's address repeatedly printed on the reverse, so that the particular timepieces in which the customer is interested can be cut away from the sheet. ONE (56 x 43.5 cm). Headed 'John Knight and Co., Anglo-American Clock Manufacturers, Jewellers & Importers, 47, Boar Lane, Leeds.' Twenty timepieces illustrated; each with reference number. TWO (58 x 45.5 cm). Headed 'Supplementary Pattern Sheet of Clocks, Manufactured by Jerome & Company, Limited, Liverpool.' Engraving of 'Factory - NEW HAVEN, CONN.' Twenty-four timepieces illustrated; each with name and brief description. THREE (49.5 x 30.5 cm). Headed 'Alfred Lea, 72, Albion Street, Leeds. The cheapest wholesale house for clocks. New sheet of Vienna regulators.' Fifteen timepieces illustrated; each with reference number. Prices and brief 'Terms' in manuscript. FOUR (49 x 29.5 cm). Headed 'John Greenwood & Sons, Manufacturers, 6, 7, & 8, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, London.' Seventeen timepieces illustrated; each with reference number and brief description. The firm's address has been deleted, with the new address given in a stamp in the top left-hand corner. Printed by Clover & Barnes, London. FIVE (37.5 x 24.5 cm). Lithograph in brown and black. Headed 'John Greenwood & Sons, 6, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, Importers of the Seth Thomas' Clock Company's superior American clocks.' Eleven timepieces illustrated; each with reference number and brief description. Printed by Robert W. Sprague, London. SIX (37.5 x 25 cm). Lithograph. Headed 'John Greenwood & Sons. Importers. Farringdon Rd., near Clerkenwell Green, London. Superior American clocks.' Nine timepieces illustrated; each with brief description. Printed by Clover & Barnes. SEVEN (25 x 32.5 cm). Headed 'G. & F. E. Wattis, 63, Victoria Street, Birmingham. Carved oak aneroids.' Six timepieces illustrated; each with reference number and three with brief descriptions. Prices given in manuscript. EIGHT (60 x 48.5 cm). Damp-stained and with slight loss along folds. Headed 'Alfred Lea, 72, Albion Street, Leeds. The cheapest wholesale house for clocks.' Thirty-eight timepieces illustrated; each with reference number and brief illustration. Prices given in manuscript. Neither of the two catalogues features on COPAC. CATALOGUE ONE: 'Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Clocks, Watches, Musical Boxes & Sundries, Manufactured and Imported by John Greenwood & Sons, 34, Farringdon Road, London.' Dated 'November, 1884'. 8vo, 24 pp. Stitched as issued. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with staining to title-page. Price list at start. Seventy-four timepieces illustrated; each with description. CATALOGUE TWO: 'Illustated Catalogue of Clocks.' Monogram on titlepage, but name of publisher not given. 'Diprose, Bateman & Co., Printers, 9 and 10, Sheffield Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, W.C.,' 4to, [ii]+24 + [ii] pp. In poor condition. Aged, and lightly-stained internally, with heavier staining to first and last pages. Front wrap survives. Some leaves detached. Numerous illustrations of timepieces, divided into various groups (e.g. 'German-American Clocks' and 'Seth Thomas Dials'). The four PRICE LISTS are all by Alfred Lea of Albion Street, Leeds. Two are for 'Anglo-American Clocks', one for 'British Plate Looking Glasses', and the last a 'Wholesale Price List for American & German Timepieces.' All four are 8vo bifoliums, printed on three pages. Three of the four have prices added in manuscript. Three of the four are aged, but clear and complete; the fourth (Anglo-American clocks, dated in pencil 1879) is worn, with loss and staining due to damp. The four manuscript RECEIPTS, three from Alfred Lea of Leeds, are each 12mo, 1 p. One is dated 25 October 1879, and made out to J. L. Cocker (of Cocker & Son, London?).