Discovering Clocks

Uncovering the history and stories of antique clocks, barometers, chronometers and fine antique furniture



A view of our gallery at 79 Kensington Church Street, London

A view of our former gallery at 79 Kensington Church Street, London

Raffety Fine Antique Clocks is one of the UK’s top dealers in 17th and 18th century clocks, barometers, and chronometers. Established in 1979, for many years the shop was located at 79 Kensington Church Street, in the very heart of London’s most famous locality for top antique and fine art dealers.

In April 2018 the business moved to Devon, where a new showroom has been established. We are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and CINOA.

Nigel Raffety has been passionate about clocks since he was just a young lad – he took his school-boy interest and turned it into a flourishing career, beginning with an apprenticeship with a clock-maker in Clerkenwell, followed by a number of years working as a clock specialist at the auction house Christie’s. In 1979 he set up his business, buying and selling the finest antique timepieces, by the greatest makers, including Tompion, Knibb, and Quare.

Our new showroom in Devon – open by appointment.

Working with a small team, including historian Tara Draper-Stumm, Raffety Clocks aims to provide the collector and enthusiast with the finest historic clocks. We also hope that our blog will help the reader to uncover the fascinating world of horology.

The antique clocks we sell were once the most accurate scientific instruments of their day – today they offer both history and magnificent beauty and the stories behind their manufacture help to explain how Britain conquered the seas, created the first railways, and built international trade networks. As our clocks rhythmically tick and tock and keep time, they bear witness not only to the events of our past but also our present and future. You can visit our website and take a virtual tour of our showrooms at 

3 comments on “About

  1. Rosie Raffety
    May 20, 2013

    Really great blog – very the informative article on barometers!

  2. Rosie
    July 17, 2013

    Loved today’s blog on Kensington Palace – extremely interesting and eagerly await the next instalment!

  3. John Gorham 3rd generation great grandson of James Gorham
    April 19, 2015

    Hello Nigel, as a direct descendant I have read your nice piece on James Gorham and his association with Kensington Palace etc. Are you able to assist further?, I cannot locate where James served his apprenticeship- born in Ashford Kent we pick him up at High Street servicing the Palace, I have sent many emails to various Horology/Guilds/Libraries/Clock antique specialists-none can help.
    Where would I be likely to locate with a view to purchase a “James Gorham” Fob watch, as his clocks are beyond my budget?, I cannot locate his son Francis’ birth details/mother/date etc. and all attempts to locate his birth/baptism via Ancestry search etc. have been negative.My sincere thanks and kind regards, John Gorham age 78yrs Perth Western Australia.

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