Appeal for Information on Kent Clock Maker

I am appealing for any information about clockmaker Andrew Latter of Speldhurst in Kent. Of the two longcase clocks by Latter that I am aware of, both have brass dials with eight-day movements. One case is oak and the other black japanned (presumably on oak) and appear to date from the third quarter of the eighteenth-century.

Britten’s Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers makes no reference of Latter, though I haven’t had the opportunity to look him up in Baillie and Loomes’ Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World.

If any clockies read this blog and can shed any light on Andrew Latter I should be very grateful.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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6 Responses to Appeal for Information on Kent Clock Maker

  1. Allan Kitchen says:

    I have recently obtained a 30 h grandfather cclock
    10 inch sq dial two fingers Edward Latter
    Birdcage movement
    Tall slim case, possibbly wallnut or fruitwood
    rope drive
    I would place it around 1720
    needs a good cllean



    • Jack Plane says:

      Thank you for the information Alan. The clock I have is in storage behind other furniture and I haven’t examined the movement yet, however I can see that it has gut lines.

      I suppose it is possible that Latter could have been active for fifty years.



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  3. Jamie says:

    An Andrew Latter is listed in Loomes’s W.. & C..makers of the world
    at Lantern Green nr Tunbridge Wells, early C18th
    interestingly also a Charles Latter same place/date
    The only other listed Latter being a Thomas in Hastings 1830s
    PS lovely chest by Bell – Ive seen one just like it, might be the same.


  4. William Hinmon says:

    Well I might have the 3rd
    Mine is a provincial oak cased 30hr version with posted movement and single hand. It is marked Andrew Latter, Speldhurst. Given it’s features I would give it a date of 1750 to 1760.


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