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Brian Houghton

Brian Houghton, Rye, East Sussex

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Daniel Gill 1795

24th October 2018

Brian Houghton:

I think Pitts tax on clocks was the last straw for clock makers and perhaps encouraged Daniel Gill to go into banking, Passing on his clock/ watch business to his son Samuel. I think Samuel Gill concentrated on making watches, silver, and jewelry as I don't know if he actually made any clocks?

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Daniel Gill 1795

23rd October 2018

Brian Houghton:

We believe we have Samuel Gills workshop long case clock.

It has three scratched dates on the back of the painted dial. One mark possibly installation 1810. The dial shows the Prince of Wales feathers in the corners.and a picture of a sailing boat entering harbor. The unusual part is we believe Apps of battle made the precision 8 day works. another date 1818.

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Clockmaking Family: Gill

1st October 2018

Brian Houghton:

Was this not Samuel Gill, Daniels son who had watches stolen? I think Daniel had turned to Banking by 1810 and son took over business until 1817. Brian

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Daniel Gill 1795

29th September 2018

Brian Houghton:

I note that a London dealer has a superb long case clock by Daniel Gill,case made in satinwood. Samuel Gill,Rye was his son who started a watch/ Silversmith business in 1810 and had watches stolen from his shop in 1810.

Samuel was born in 1784. and his father Daniel may have closed his clock making business down circa 1800 close links with Apps of Battle.

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