Kevin and Carol Chellar are the proprietors of Timepiece Antique Clocks. Kevin trained as a horologist at the Irish Swiss Institute of Horology and qualified in 1981. Recognizing that Dublin was a city without a dedicated clock shop, Timepiece Antique Clocks was opened in 1986 in Patrick St. Beginning at first with the technical restoration of timepieces, they later concentrated on accumulating a stock of fine clocks and the business of buying and selling antique clocks was well underway.
Few would credit the strength and quality of Irish horology while Dublin was the second city of the British Empire and lest any might view our clock and watchmakers purely of foreign origin, a quick inspection of ‘Watch & Clockmakers of Ireland’ by William Galland Stuart, will reveal the Macs and Os, who made their mark on Irish timekeeping.
Kevin and Carol strive at all times to have a comprehensive collection of fine clocks in the shop, among them being a range of Longcase, or grandfather, clocks which are almost exclusively Irish made.
It is fitting that the shop is located in Patrick St. as the clock making community of yesteryear congregated their business establishments together and these in the main lay between the Coombe and Temple Bar areas. Streets such as Golden Lane, Meath St. Thomas St., Werburgh St. and Fishamble St. were home to many clock and watch businesses and Timepiece Antique Clocks is no different. Patrick St. is at the very heart of this area and provides the most apt location for so nostalgic a trade.
Visitors to the shop are always amazed to find clocks made in the hometowns: Belfast, Galway, Rathfriland in Co.Down, Mullingar, Cork… the list goes on. Dublin, being the capital city, provided the greater number of examples. There is a specific design and unique quality to Irish clocks that may not be found elsewhere in the world.
We of course always stock the highest quality French and European pieces also, along with a selection of barometers and other scientific instruments.
We are on hand to assist with any horological problem or query, not least the supply of a highly regarded valuation service and over the past twenty years we have successfully shipped to all parts of the world.
Kevin is a member of the Irish Antique Dealers Association and CINOA. Timepiece Antique Clocks participate in the annual antique fairs held in the Royal Dublin Society.