Seller: clockbroker (125) 100%, Location: Mansfield, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123019077228 STRUTT CLOCK by J W Benson , London Click images to enlarge Description This is a fine ormlou engraved Strutt clock in excellent original condition by J W Benson of London dating circa 1870 ; James William Benson was born in Reading, Berkshire, England. He was the son of William Benson and Phoebe Suckley. J.W. Benson Ltd was a highly regarded London watch/clockmakers and gold/silversmiths who traded between 1847 and 1973. The Benson family had been watchmakers since 1749. A company, trading as S.S. & J.W. Benson, was founded in 1847 by James William Benson (born in 1826 in Reading) and his older brother Samuel Suckley Benson (born in 1822 in London). The partnership was dissolved on 27 January 1855 and James William continued the business under the name, ‘J. W. Benson’. James William Benson died on 7 October 1878, aged 52, and his sons James, Alfred and Arthur took over the running of the business. Throughout its history, J.W. Benson Ltd was official watchmaker to the Admiralty & the War Department and also held a number of royal warrants, being watchmakers to Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, the Tsar of Russia and several other royal families. The company's premises were: Cornhill (1847–64), Ludgate Hill (1854-1937), Old Bond Street (1872-3), Royal Exchange (1892-1937) and their original workshop was at 4-5 Horseshoe Court (at the rear of their Ludgate Hill premises). In 1892 it became a limited company and moved to their new 'steam' factory at 38 Belle Sauvage Yard. During W.W.I. the factory was bombed, destroying thousands of timepieces and from this point on the company no longer manufactured its own watches, but still continued as a retailer. The timepieces bearing the company name used high quality Swiss movements supplied by manufacturers such as, Vertex (Revue), Cyma/Tavannes, Longines and by the English maker, S. Smith & Sons. J. W. Benson Ltd continued until 1973 at which time the name was sold to the Royal jewellers, Garrards. . The oval case is beautifully engraved in the manner of Thomas Cole and has a shuttered rear door which is signed by the maker . The 8 day timpiece movement has its original lever escapement and is of excellent quality being jewelled and two mainsprings to provide the power. It is in fully working order but would benefit from a clean , which will completed at the full asking price. These clocks are sometimes refered to as Boudoir clocks and were used for travelling as the rear support folds flat The overall condition is excellent and should delight the client who prefers originality.The quality is oustanding and really needs to be seen in the flesh to appreciate it. The timepiece retains the majority of its original gilding with only some rubbing on the rear cover where it has been handled over the years. The images should show prospective buyers all they need to see but a personal inspection is very welcome as this item is actually nicer in real life than the images depict. The clock is 4 1/4 inches tall ,it is 3 1/4 inches wide and 3/4 deep with the rear leg closed and 2 1,4 inches with it folded out . This is a genuine and original clock and I offer a full money back guarantee to this end. If a prospective purchaser wishes to contact me directly my contact details are at the bottom of the listing. UK buyers are asked to use alternative means of payment to Pay Pal if at all possible. If the asking price is paid in full I will have provide a 12 months guarantee and ship the clock for free worldwide. If a lesser offer is accepted it will be considered a trade sale with the clock sold as described I will ship this clock worldwide and we are experienced in this process Guesstimate shipping rates are as follows; Europe £30 USA £45 Asia and Australia £ 65 Payment Alternative means of payment to Pay Pal are prefered if at all possible.Goods will not be shipped unles paid for in full Shipping Ebay and Pay pal cxharges are incurred on shipping and these with be added to the total shipping costs.Most items will be shipped worlwide and generally by UPS or similar service which is tracked and signed for.I will not sent items which are not tracked and signed for.Collection is available.Delivery is possible depending on your location for reasonable expences.Goods will be packed as well as possible which will increase charges slightly due to larger box sizes but no-one wants the item damaged.NO COURIER WILL INSURE ANTIQUES SO PLEASE THAT IN MIND.PLEASE TAKE OUT YOUR OWN SEPERATE INSURANCE IF YOU REQUIRE IT. Terms of Sale Please ask all questions before bidding.Items can be viewed prior to sale.Please do not on items if you do not intention of completing the transaction.Contact me if you have any problems as I want you to buy again.If you see an item and require a little time to pay please get in touch and terms may be arranged to our mutual satisfaction About Us I have been involved in antique clocks and barometers for nearly 30 years with customers worldwide although I am new to Ebay.I firmly believe that business should be done with integrity and honesty.I prefer genuine and untouched items and will sell them as such to keep costs down.We have no intention of misleading our customers in any way and will provide the best service possible.If you encounter any problems then please get in touch. Contact Us We can be contacted at sellingantiques.co.uk/steammill where the necessary details can be found Pictures sell! Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing.250+ Listing Templates! Auctiva gets you noticed! The complete eBay Selling Solution. Track Page Views WithAuctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Excellent original condition .