One of the most highly regarded clockmakers of the 17th Century, Henry Jones was born circa 1642. Apprenticed in 1654 he became free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1663. Jones worked in Inner Temple Lane and is recorded there from 1675 and many of his clocks are signed, as with the present example, 'Henry Jones in the Temple'. He was an Assistant in the Clockmakers' Company from 1676, Warden 1687-1690 and Master in 1691. After his death in 1695 his widow, Hannah, took over the business. His son, also Henry, became a clockmaker after completing his apprenticeship in 1697.