Leigh Extence is a third-generation antique dealer based in Devon, just a few miles from
where his grandparents opened their first shop in 1928. After leaving school he took up
a three-year apprenticeship in clockmaking & restoration with the intention of learning
as much as possible about the workings of antique clocks as well as gaining knowledge
in originality of the movements, cases and dials. Having finished his time he was offered
the position of Manager & Assistant Buyer of the Antique Clock department within
Harrods in Knightsbridge where he met with a number of well-known collectors and
dealers and advised in the purchase of clocks for the department. After a couple of
years in London Leigh was asked by the well-known leading horological dealer & author,
Derek Roberts, to take on the role of his right hand man and manager in Tonbridge,
Kent. Whilst working with Derek he travelled extensively abroad dealing & advising
various collectors and institutions as well as helping in the set-up of a number of the
well known 'Derek Roberts' exhibitions. It was at this point, catching Derek's infectious
enthusiasm, that Leigh's interest in research really took hold and he now has a library of
over one thousand books on horology with which to turn to in his various roles. A
number of years later a change in direction saw Leigh move back to Devon where he
opened his own showroom, having undertaken a number of exhibitions and lecture
tours in Zurich. In 2015 Leigh closed the main showroom deciding to deal with clients by
appointment, with an office in Exeter, whilst leaving more time to concentrate on finding
exceptional pieces from around the world and allowing more time for research.
Leigh is also in demand as an horological consultant and for a number of years was the specialist, and sometime presenter, on the BBC's 'The Antiques Show'. He is currently the antique clock consultant, valuer and cataloguer for leading provincial auctioneers 'Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood' and is a partner in the Fine Art Consultancy & Valuation firm Ashtons. As an avid writer Leigh supplies a number of newspapers & magazines with articles on antique clocks and other subjects allied to the antiques trade.In 2004 Leigh was proud to be elected a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers being raised to the Livery in 2005.Leigh Extence has a particular interest in the carriage clocks & life of Henri Jacot and his family, and has spent a number of years researching this, using source material, with the view to publication. Much of what has been unearthed is new material and adds to the history of this great maker, his brother Julien and his nephew & successor Albert. Alongside this research he is also now undertaking similar work on that of Pierre Drocourt and his son Alfred; carriage clock makers working in Paris at the same time as Jacot.All clocks offered for sale having been chosen for their originality, condition and appeal. All have been fully restored to the highest standards and come with a two year working guarantee along with a Valuation for Insurance and details of the research undertaken on each particular piece.
Leigh Extence is a member of the British Antique Dealers Association; one with the highest criteria for membership and which adhers to a strict code of conduct.