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Charles Frodsham, the founder of the company, was the son of William Frodsham an established London clockmaker. Charles was born on the 15th April 1810 and at the age of 14 he was apprenticed to his father for seven years. At twenty, Charles distinguished himself by submitting one of his first marine chronometers to the Premium trials at Greenwich Observatory, receiving the second prize of £170. In 1834 he was made a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Shortly after and doubtless encouraged by his recent successes, Charles ventured out on his own establishing his business in London.


Charles gained an enviable reputation for the manufacture of precision timekeepers, both as a supplier of marine chronometers to the Admiralty, and as provider of fine watches and regulators to discerning clients worldwide. He later acquired three prestigious businesses, that of, J.R. Arnold, Vulliamy and William Johnson late of Grimalde & Johnson.


In 1854 the firm was granted the Royal Warrant and made keeper of Her Majesty’s clocks. For over 125 years Charles Frodsham & Co. were responsible for the maintenance of the Royal clocks and remained the last independent clockmakers permitted to have workshops in Buckingham Palace.


Throughout the second half of the 19th Century the firm of Charles Frodsham exhibited at all the major International Exhibitions – including, Paris, Philadelphia, Sydney and the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace, where a first class medal was received. In all, Frodshams obtained fourteen medals and diplomas.


From 1850 the majority of the finest Frodsham watches were distinguished with the code AD fmsz. Many of these pieces were sent to Kew Observatory for rigorous timing tests, attaining consistently high marks, with one tourbillon watch holding the record in 1906 with a mark of 93.9.


Charles Frodsham & Co. became a limited company in 1893. With the advent of the motor car in the early part of the 20th Century, the business expanded with the introduction of speedometers. From the late 1940’s through to the ‘80s, the firm concentrated on the production of mantel and carriage clocks, producing amongst other things the ‘Princess’ clock presented in 1947 to HRH Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her marriage. Today Charles Frodsham & Co. proudly maintains the exacting standards and enthusiasm of its founder, Charles Frodsham.

A fuller account of the life and times of Charles Frodsham and the company can be found in The Frodshams, The Story of a Family of Clockmakers by Vaudrey Mercer, Published by The Antiquarian Horological Society, 1981.

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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Miniature wall regulator with 24 hour dial
D159. Charles Frodsham, Clockmaker to the Queen, 84 Strand, London, Dated 1850. This delightful and rare little clock, just 41.5" long and a lit...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
2 day rosewood ships chronometer by Charles Frodsham
D275. A fine mid 19th century two day marine chronometer by Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand, London. No. 2614. The three tier brass bound rosewood b...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Bell-Chiming Mahogany Bracket Clock
A fine quality quarter chiming triple pad top mahogany bracket clock, by Charles Frodsham, dating from the early 1900s. The triple fusee movemen...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Charles Frodsham. Petite sonnerie on bells. Engraved on all sides
D254. An exceptionally fine gorge cased carriage clock, probably specially commissioned by Charles Frodsham, whose name is engraved in flowing scri...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Chronometer
A two day marine chronometer by Frodsham in the original mahogany case .
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Figured Walnut Bell Striking Mantel Clock
A very high quality Victorian walnut mantel clock, supplied by Clock Maker to Queen Victoria. The rectangular case has a step breakfront molded top...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Fine Elegant 19th Century Rosewood Timepiece by Frodsham & Son, London
The clock has a four glass rosewood case with a shallow chamfered top with a crisply carved gilt brass finial. Below a gilt break-arch dial is prof...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Small Frodsham Bracket Clock
A small late 18th Century style bracket clock, having a mahogany case, with a break arch top and gilt brass handle.The brass dial has a silvered ch...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Superb Rosewood Mantel Clock Retailed by Clockmaker to HM Queen Victoria
A high quality rosewood mantel clock, made and retailed by Charles Frodsham, Paris, Clock Maker to HM Queen Victoria. It has a plain rectangular ca...
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CHARLES FRODSHAM & CO, LONDON & PARIS
Yew Wood Bracket Clock By Frodsham
A very high quality bracket clock by Charles Frodsham. It has a figured yew wood break arch case with glazed side windows and back door. The silver...
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