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COACHMANS TIMEPIECE

July 19,2018

 

Before the mid 19th Century , there was no one set time that applied across the UK, instead, local areas had their own local times, often just a few minutes apart. When mail coaches were established in Britain in the 1780's the Mail Coach guard had a timepiece, which was set to London Time. This was used to keep pace and record the coaches arrival and departure times at each stage of the journey.

 

This beautiful rare example is of fine quality  the brass mounted case inscribed  Defiance No 3 Lad Lane London, 
the enamel dial is signed Wregg, London. Records show that the Defiance was operating on the London to Manchester route in the 1830's.
We will be offering this lot at our Clock sale 19th July lot number 1463 with a pre sale estimate of £2000 - £3000