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