The history of a clock

A few words scrawled on a newspaper cutting by Edward's daughter, Emily, reveal the origin of the fine clock which Emily and Martin gave away to be auctioned in aid of CMS, the Church Mission Society.

A newspaper photo in black and white of a pendulum clock The Parsons family grew up with this fine clock in the house. We did not know how old it was or where it came from. When we first knew it, the decoration on the top, which David always thought of as a boat, was fixed by a stem, which was later lost. Charles Wynne (Uncle Charlie) who was an engineer by profession, and who loved fixing things, turned on his lathe a replacement stem. This, though skilfully done, must have reduced the value of the clock because it was not original.

When Martin and Emily moved to Locking in retirement, they looked for ways to dispose of some items of value to benefit their favourite missions, CMS and CMJ. The clock was one of these items - an invitation to burglars. (Any would-be thieves reading this, please note that I don't even know who bought it!) They gave it to the Wallingford Missionary Auctions, where I believe it fetched less than Martin and Emily had hoped.

The Christian Herald published the picture here, to illustrate an article about Edgar Leveson, who restored the clock ready for auction. Mr Leveson died in 1991, and the article was printed in December 1991, but the date of the auction is not given.

On the cutting Emily wrote (and her sight must have been very poor by then, because the words are scattered over the page):

Picture of clock, given to my Father in Dublin in compensation for the loss of a pretty china-panelled Hopkins and Hopkins carriage clock lost in the 1916 Rebellion while being repaired.