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Clock 23

Lantern Clock with Pope

Brass, crown wheel, chain driven single fusee, lantern mantel clock converted from weight driven to fusee spring driven, made in England, parts of the casing are early 18th century to circa 1900, movement made in the mid-late 19th century. Case and movement together by association.

14.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches

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Case: 14.5" x 5.5" x 5.5" brass mantel clock. The case is surmounted by a large bell with brass corner straps that run over the apex of the bell where there is an urn and triple spire brass finial, the straps continuing down to attach to the four corner finials at the corners of the case pediment. There are three pierced brass frets at the front and both sides. These lack the fine handcrafting that usually sees in early lantern clocks and are rough and appear to represent foliate designs primarily. They feature mostly cross hatching rather than well executed brass carvings. The case has four brass corner pillars, brass doors to either side and rests on four brass trumpet feet. There are fenestrated thin brass screens at the base which are not original to early lantern clocks.

Dial: There is a brass Roman hour chapter with black enameled hours, Fleur−de−Lys half hour markers tied down to the quarter hour chapter ring to the inside of the hours. There is no minute ring, a 17th century and early 18th century feature when the public had no real reason to consider minutes. The brass in the spandrels and the dial center, all part of the facade of the case has been carved in a foliate style suggestive of those seen in the fretwork, all suggestive of a late 19th century natural forms. The dial is not signed and there are two steel Chippendale era hands from circa 1780+/−.

Movement: First thing one notices is that the movement does not fit the movement compartment because it is the wrong movement for this clock. The solid trapezoidal shaped brass plates are very suggestive of mid-−late 19th century regulators which were powered by fusee springs. In the 18th century the movement would be of the post and plate type construction and be powered by weights. At any rate this is a verge crown wheel escapement powered by a single chain driven fusee spring to create a time only clock. The view above the top plate in the bell tower is a very fine photo of how a crown wheel operates with the steel pallets contacting two points on the circle of the wheel which are 180 degrees apart. A short pendulum with tiny bob swings at the back of the rear plate.

Condition: Case -The case is a mixture of an early chapter ring and other components such as the side doors and the feet with later 19th century facade and fretwork. Dial - Wrong hands and facade with possibly a good early hour chapter ring. Movement − mid − late 19th century fusee driven timepiece regulator is married to the case.


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