De Charmes (or Des Charmes), Simon, of French Huguenot extraction. Recorded 1688 and Free of the Clockmakers' Company 1691-1730. In London until 1704 at least at 'his House, the Sign of the Clock, the Corner of Warwick St, Charing Cross'. See Brian Loomes The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press, 1981, p.188. A successful maker, De Charmes built Grove Hall in Hammersmith. Clocks by him are illustrated in Richard C R Barder The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714-1830, The Antique Collectors' Club, 1993, p.25, plate I/3 and p.222, plate VII/17. The mounts on the present clock are interesting, suggesting perhaps a commission for a military client.