The Tom Scott Collection
More than 100 rare and important clocks, watches, and scientific instruments go on display
By Donna Hardy
Assembled over 30 years by entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Scott, this collection contains over 100 clocks, watches, and scientific instruments. Forty-seven of the items were made by or have a link to Thomas Tompion (1639–1713) and his successor, George Graham (1673–1751).
Perhaps the greatest leap in the mechanical evolution of clocks came in the second half of the 17th century, after Christiaan Huygens patented the application of the pendulum to clockworks, leading to greater accuracy. This led to scientific and technological advancements in this field, some of which are in this collection.
Among the mechanical innovations by Tompion over this period were his grande sonnerie striking clocks, of which there are three in the collection, as well as pull-quarter repeat systems.
Other highly regarded clockmakers, Joseph Knibb (1640–1711), Daniel Quare (1649–1724), and later Tompion’s successor, George Graham (1673–1751), are represented in this collection with some of their finest clocks.
Prices range from £2,000 to £4.5 million ($3,054 to $6.8 million).
A book has been written about the collection, The Golden Age of Horology, Masterpieces from the Tom Scott Collection. Look for a review of this book in an upcoming issue of Horological Times.
Exhibition at Carter Marsh & Co., Winchester, UK–
Part I: July 4–25, 2015
Part II: November 7–28, 2015
Donna Hardy is Managing Editor of Horological Times.