Richard Colston

Richard Colston was the son of John Colston, also a clockmaker. Richard was a clock and watchmaker, his output included watches, long case, spring and lantern clocks. He was admitted to the Clockmakers’ Company on 3rdJuly 1682.

Colston was probably the originator of the fashion for having letters of the owner’s name placed on a watch dial instead of the normal hour numerals. Two such Colston watches have been recorded, one in silver pair cases from about 1695 and the other in a gold case from about 1690.

In common with many of his contemporaries, Richard Colston, while being a fine craftsman, must have been a poor businessman. In the London Gazette of 16thMay, 1720 it is recorded that he was made bankrupt.

References :

Brian Loomes. Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World (NAG Press, 2006).

R. K. Foulkes AHS Vol 1 Bulletin March 1953, page 3