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Bunting Clock Makers.

In searching through my various family history notebooks for a Yorkshire talk I am due to write up I came across a page of a book from the 4th March 2000 written in the Guildhall Library.

I apologise for the following being largely in tabular form but I thought the information warranted repeating for its facts even though it is not much of a story.

My visit to the Guildhall Library stemmed from my knowledge that our President, George H. Bunting has a tall (often called a Grandfather) clock in one of the passageways of his cottage at Castle Cary, Somerset, UK. The inscribed name of the maker is John Bunting. I believe an article was written about it in one of our early Journals. If I don't find the reference shortly I will add it later to this article as a "Reply".

There were two reference books which mentioned Bunting Clockmakers and their apprentices. Abbreviations are followed by the full word in brackets the first time they appear.

1). Britten's Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers, 9th Edition. 1982. reference 92681, Page 389.

Bunan 1770 Paris, Rue Coquilliere, Etienne, Rouen, m (master). He manufactured in Paris from 1772 -89. An example of his cartell clock being in the Carnavalet M (Museum)

Bunting Joshua 1648 - 51 cc (Clockmakers' Company) app (Apprentice to) Wm Bunting 9 Mar 1648 t/o (turned over) Thos Wolverton 24 Feb 1651 until 1658, but not freed.

Bunting William 1631; watch inscribed on the dial "Ioanni Miltoni".

Bunting William 1637 - 45 cc app Thos Dawson 1 Nov 1637 f (Freedom of the Company) 3 Feb 1645; Popes Head Alley, Cornhill. Died circa 1650-54. Took as apprentices:-

Feb 1647 Nathan Smith; Jul 1647 John Cann - free 1649; Aug 1647 Thomas Fenn - transferred to John Cann Jun 1650; Mar 1648 Joshua Bunting. Also bound an apprentice for Thomas Knifton, John Cann, Henry Ireland, Edward Taylor, Thomas Wolverston and two for Jeremy Gregory.

Bunton ------. North Walsham, Norfolk, UK. Up to 1789 w (Watchmaker).

2). Loomes Vol.2 Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World. Ref. R926/81

Bunting Daniel, Philadelphia 1844 (There was no indication if this was UK or USA).

Bunting John, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, UK circa 1700 - 1780 c (Clockmaker).

Bunting William. As listed under Britten above. Michael.

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John Bunting - Long Buckby
Authored by: Jerry Green on 09:37PM BST - Thursday, 12 June 2008
John Bunting of Long Buckby, clockmaker, made his will on 6 Oct 1788 and his will was proved 9 Jan 1792. He left absolutely everything he had to his housekeeper, Elizabeth Clark. This included three tenements or dwellings with tenants. He makes no reference to any wife or family so I assume he died with no descendants, but; he does call himself John Bunting the elder.

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Bunting Clock Makers.
Authored by: Tony Bunting on 06:52PM GMT - Monday, 16 November 2009
Please see  information  below from the British Museum. I will contact the Curator about a photograph. This watch is made by William Bunting. It seems to be the correct one. I had thought the maker was John Bunting (the grandfather clock maker) but his dates are I think wrong for Milton's lifetime.
The watch is in the Prehistory and Europe Department at the British Museum under Registration number: 1862,0801.1. There is also a reference toWatches Vol II, Wood 1866 pages 269, 270 & 412. The location is HSR/EX/A08
  The watch, which is a silver/gilt cased verge watch with date indicator, was made in Pope's Head Alley, London by William Bunting between 1645 and 1655. It has a circular gilt-brass case with four early Egyptian pillars. There is a hole in the pillar-plate for the potence. The mainspring & set-up consist of a gilt-brass barrel with a snap-in cap. The original tangent-screw set-up has been replaced with a crude ratchet and click system. It has a gilt-brass fusee with gut-line and English stop-work, the spring and screw replaced. The fusee is of the type used with a chain and the three holes in the barrel wall suggest that the gut line attachment is a later modification. The train is a three-wheel going train ,the second and contrate wheel with three crossings. The crown wheel runs between riveted potence and counter-potence. The crown wheel, verge, balance, balance spring and regulator are all later replacements and modifications. The original pierced foliate balance-cock survives. It was formerly pinned to a stud on the potence-plate but has since been raised by the placing of a brass plate beneath it and is now secured by a screw. Pinned to the pillar-plate is a silver ring engraved 1-31 and red waxed for the date, which is shown by a pointer on a rotating gilt-brass ring with engraved decoration. The pointer is now missing. In the centre a pinned-on silver dial with Roman hour numerals I-XII, arrow head half-hour marks and a circle for the quarters Around the plain centre an inscription. The single hand is now missing. The circular silver-gilt case has an integral back and hinged split glazed bezel. Around the band and bezel a repeated flower and dart motif. The outer area of the back is engraved with a wide border of realistic flowers. In the middle of the back is an eight-foil surrounding a central rosette. The silver gilt pendant is now very badly worn. On the back the rotating winding cover is a replacement for an earlier one. Inside the case a fragment taken from the page of a diary/almanac for November with 8th highlighted and with inscriptions John Milton d. 8th November 1674 and Sir Charles Fellows d. 8th Nov. 1861. Other inscriptions as follows: Signature Gulielmus Bunting in Popes head alley Fecit on potence-plate, inscription Iohanni Milton 1631 on dial. The diameter of the watch is 46 millimetres
the height: 61.8 millimetres, and the width: 55.43 millimetres.
    The Curator's comments are as follows:John Milton 1608-1674. While the dates of William Bunting (c.1624 - c.1655) make it possible for the watch to have been owned by Milton, the date 1631 makes this implausible as Bunting was not Free of the Clockmakers' Company until February 1646/7 and therefore could not possibly have made this watch in or before 1631. The unconvincing style of the inscription suggests an early 19th century date for its addition to the dial. John Milton 1608-1674. Associated dates : 1631.   Tony
Bunting Clock Makers.
Authored by: Fred Nickson on 05:11PM BST - Saturday, 12 October 2013

I have an oak long case clock made by John Bunting of Long Buckby.

Is of interest to any of your members?


Fred Nickson

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