MADE CIRCA: 1891
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 52mm
For the Frodsham family, horology has been in the blood. It all began in William Frodsham who was born in 1728 and was a trainee with Justin Vulliamy, watchmaker of King George II. He built a business with his son and from this they created the clock would be the official timepiece of Australia at the country’s British founding in 1788 which remains on display at the Sydney Royal Observatory. His son, William James, later went into business with William Parkinson thus creating ‘Parkinson & Frodsham’, whose partnership would create marine chronometers for Admiralty and numerous shipping companies.
Charles Frodsham was the son of William James Frodsham. It seemed that the young man had picked up this family trait for horology when at the tender age of twenty he distinguished himself by submitting one of his first marine chronometers to the Premium trials at Greenwich Observatory. Soon after, he was made fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
‘Charles Frodsham & Co’ was founded in 1843 in central London after taking over the clockmakers ‘Arnold & Co’ at 84 Strand, London. Here Charles Frodsham built a renowned and well respected business that in 1854 was granted the Royal Warrant and made keeper of Her Majesty’s clocks, an honour the company still holds today.
From the latter half of the nineteenth century onwards, Frodsham pieces have been exhibited all over the world. His double-escapement skeleton clock manufactured for the Great Exhibition in 1851 is still considered unique.
‘Charles Frodsham & Co’ is now located in St James's, London and Simon Frodsham, the great-great-great nephew of the founder, still sits on the board of the company.
In 2012 The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers presented a ‘Charles Frodsham & Co’ clock to Her Majesty the Queen, created in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
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