10 Aug 2022

'Splendid Waterford workmanship at the heart of William Maddock Clock'

The unique William Maddock Clock exhibits the finest combination of 18th and 20th century Waterford craftsmanship.

The workings of the clock are by William Maddock who was the most prestigious watch and clock makers in Waterford from 1766-1790. The Maddock family were in the clock business in the city until 1850.  A watch by William Maddock is also in the National Museum of Ireland.

The clock mechanism was completely restored to the highest standard when Waterford Crystal acquired the workings in the 1990s. One craftsman spent six months encasing the mechanism in 48 crystal panels and 250 decorative buttons, each individually handcrafted.

This magnificent combination truly represents the splendid workmanship that has been the hallmark of quality throughout the centuries in Ireland.

The clock weighs approximately 15 stone/95kg and is on display on the factory tour at the House of Waterford Crystal.

William Maddock Clock.

The tour also takes in the atmosphere of the blowing room, with the heady mix of heat, noise and bustling activity adding to the breath-taking experience as you edge closer to the 1400 c furnace. In front of your eyes, you will see red-hot molten crystal take shape, in a miracle of light, heat and skill. Waterford Crystal’s craftsmen are meticulous and you can watch as they transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes with skills that have made two hundred years of perfection clearly visible in every piece.

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