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Reading Artefacts as Documents: Hopkinsí Clock

 


Details about the association between peopleís names and the things they were doing are especially interesting for genealogists and researchers into trades. I have therefore, included some examples but, where people have allowed me to give details, I have not included information as to where the artefact is. This is for the security of the owners.

There is in Bourne, a long case clock in the style of the early nineteenth century.

CLOCK
Signature
LOADINGIts dial bears the name:

A. Hopkins

Bourn

 

 

The clock dial is 300mm (11.8 inches) in diameter and it is surrounded by painted scenes of ruins, grazing livestock and figures in the dress of circa 1800.

CLOCK
A Hopkins, Bourne
LOADING

Lower left spandrel.

CLOCK
spandrel
LOADDING

and a paper label, formerly pasted to the inside of the case, bears the legend

OLIVER,

Clock-Case Maker,

SPALDING.

Label:
Oliver, Clock-Case Maker, Spalding.
LOADING

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The labelís dimensions are 48mm x 78mm.

Brian Loomes, p.115 lists no A. Hopkins of Bourne as a clockmaker but there was an Abraham Hopkin, of Bourne (Lincs); working in 1835. This seems close enough to merit further investigation.

 

 


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