The past 12 months have been unprecedented for me. A very close and dear friend died at 62 a year ago this month and then in February my father died. In May my cousin of 58 died and a month later another good friend aged just 50 lost her short battle with liver cancer. Then just last month my wife’s mother died so this month’s blog is dedicated to her, a wonderful, spirited woman – just like her daughter.

So to anyone reading this who left a clock with me earlier this year, I apologise if it’s taking longer than I suggested. On the days when I have had some spare time, I’ve just had more pressing things to deal with.

Earlier this month I had a call from the maker’s of the TV series “Fake Britain”. Researcher Emma called me after reading my articles on fake carriage clocks and fake dial clocks, asking more about them and how they were affecting the trade. She was particularly interested in interviewing one of my customers to find out how they felt on discovering they had bought a fake antique. Seems a rather bizarre interview but the customer agreed so I put them in touch with one another. It’s hard to see how you could make a 30 minute programme from that so my guess is that if it does proceed, all forms of antiques will be included. If it does get aired and you happen to see it, please let me know.

I bought another book this month, actually two books, called “Clock and Watch Companies 1700 to 2000″ by Steven Mallory. A very heavy, two-volume hardback with about 875 pages, it’s incredible value at 100 bucks not just because of the production quality (it’s printed in China) but also because the detail about each maker is very well researched; not surprisingly given that Mallory’s horological hobby spans some 30 years. Reading it, you would think that American makers outnumber the rest of the world (Chas Frodsham doesn’t even get a mention!)  but Mallory’s from California so you can take that with a pinch of salt.

It makes a good companion to the trusty and recently re-published Trademark Index by Karl Kochmann on European makers though. But only if you’re a keen American clock enthusiast and your interest extends beyond Ansonia and Seth Thomas.