Antiques Roadshow: Globe Clock fetches ‘staggering’ valuation as expert reveals true worth

Antiques Roadshow has been absent from BBC One for the last few months and before a new series returns later this year, Express.co.uk has delved into the archives and found a stellar clip which sees an unusual Globe Clock valued by expert Richard Price back in 2015. But how much was the item worth? 

Over the past 40 series, the documentary show has seen a wide variety of items brought forward by members of the general public. 

Five years ago, a gentleman brought a gold Globe Clock to be inspected by expert Richard Price, but it turns out to be more significant than its owner could ever have imagined. 

“This really is the most incredible clock. Not only is it massive, but it’s just one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen,” Richard began. 

“It’s the size that’s magnificent. I’m used to seeing globe clocks supported by atlas on a pair of hands but for these three to be bearing the weight of the whole globe, is something quite staggering.

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“Now there are one or two things that immediately spring to mind, what’s happened to the hands,” he asked and the owner explained: “I’m to blame for that, when I was a child I used to go round and round with the hands and unfortunately broke them off.” 

“What can I say… And we’ve got one or two missing enamel plaques,” Richard pointed out. 

“The fixtures has just broken so I do still have them,” the guest replied. 

The expert was then keen to find out the current condition of the clock and asked: “When do you last remember this thing working?” 

“It was my grandfather’s clock and 30 years ago, a little bit more perhaps,” the owner revealed. 

“It’s been rather unloved. How did it come into the family?” The expert probed and the man said: “It came into the family, my grandfather was owed some money, he had a debt owed and he took the clock for payment of the clock – that was 1930.” 

“Quite a long time ago, what sort of debt was it? Do you recall?” Richard questioned. 

“I think he had a furniture removal on the house, and the end the guy said ‘I haven’t got any money to pay you, take the clock, and when I can afford for pay you I’ll have the clock back.’”

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Turning to his attention to the value of the clock, Richard surmised: “So what would a furniture removal cost today, a few hundred quid?”

And after the owner agreed, Richard was keen to take a closer look at the item and lifted off the top half of the globe to see its contents. 

“Inside it’s quite extraordinary,” Richard told the guest and audience. “We have here a very interesting movement, signed by Paul Garnier. 

“Now Paul Garnier is a man we associate with carriage clocks, he started the manufacture of mass-produced carriage clocks in the 1840s pretty much. 

“To see him sign a movement in a case like this is really unusual, it’s also got a lovely balance and his patent chaff-cutter escapement, which again you would normally expect to see in some glass so you can look down on it,” the expert continued to explain. 

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“Now, as I mentioned, he started the carriage clock production, so we’ve then got to decide what date this thing is. 

“Now looking at it, I would’ve put it a few years later, but we’ve got I noticed down here Australia and it’s called Nouvelle Hollande. Well, that’s a term which ceased by the 1850s. I mean looking at this I would’ve said 1860, 1870,” he added. 

As for how much it would fetch at auction, Richard said: “I think that with hindsight it was a good deal, the thing needs a jolly good clean and overhaul. 

“Price at auction today? Well, the market’s changed and it’s a very commercial lump. £15,000-£20,000,” he revealed. 

Stunned at how much it was worth, the owner replied: “Thank you very much.” 

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer and returns to BBC One later this year with a new series. 

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