A carriage clock presented as a gift by Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing - is to be auctioned in aid of

a city hospice.

The 8-inch high clock was thought to have been given by the famous Victorian nurse to fellow social reformer Mathilde Schwabe.

The current owner of the clock, who has asked to remain anonymous, will donate all money raised from its sale to St Richard's Hospice.

The clock, inscribed with the words "M.E.S from Florence Nightingale 10 October 1887", will be sold by Philip Serrell Auctioneers with

bidding open now. 

The auctioneer’s estimate of £1-£2,000 has already been topped with the current bid standing at £4,200 and interest from across the globe.

St Richard's Hospice fundraising director, Tricia Cavell said, "This is such a wonderful and uplifting gesture from a supporter

during these difficult times. We truly appreciate the donation of the auction sale proceeds from this historic and beautiful clock. It's particularly poignant that the clock came from the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and any funds raised

will help our nursing teams to care for patients and their families facing such challenging times during the COVID-19 crisis."

"We have fantastic supporters and are hopeful that together with help from government and the community, we can come through

these financially testing times.”

Philip Serrell said the current owner of the clock inherited it from a cousin who was great-niece of Miss Schwabe. The owner

believes Miss Schwabe received the clock from Florence Nightingale in recognition of work or help she had provided.

Philip Serrell is a Patron of St Richard’s Hospice and will be waiving auction fees and buyer’s premium.  Auction Technology

Group which is hosting the sale has also agreed to waive its charges.   The timed auction will close at noon on Friday, May 22. 

Find out more at  www.serrell.com