Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) was the last of the eminent Vulliamy family of clockmakers. A striking clock with closely related case sold Christie's, London, 2 July 2004, lot 64, £6,572. Another mantel timepiece, No.842, sold Bonhams, London, 3 December 2002, lot 122, £6,400. The Vulliamy firm were making clocks of this type until the middle of the 19th century, including a large Crown commission for Government offices. The present clock was probably sold to a gentleman's library or club.