Time on his Hands

18th March 2009

Antiques Roadshow expert, Richard Price, has joined the Clock department as a consultant at Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms. The horological valuer turned dealer has been a familiar face on the BBC's flagship antiques programme for some 25 years and his extensive knowledge of timepieces has gained him an excellent reputation in the trade.

Clocks were not Richard's first love, however, and it will be a surprise to many Roadshow fans to find out that he was first and foremost a long-haul pilot for British Airways. This unusual career he continued alongside 19 years as a specialist at Bonhams and as a dealer in clocks and watches, finding it very useful on occasions. "If I bought any stock when I was abroad the cockpit was an ideal way to transport it safely back to the UK. It wasn't unknown for any large clocks to be strapped into the third pilot's seat when I was flying for BA. I don't think you'd get away with it today though!"

Richard has now retired from B.A. but continues as a dealer, exhibiting at Olympia and other fairs. Paul Viney, Chairman of Woolley and Wallis thinks he will be a very valuable addition to the saleroom's Clock department. "I am delighted that Richard, who has been a personal friend for many years, has joined us.  We both feel that there is a lot of potential for us in clocks and I've no doubt that Richard's knowledge, enthusiasm and experience will greatly enhance our clock department.

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