Rare Oak Late 17th C Lantern Clock Case
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A fine posted countwheel bell-striking movement with early anchor escapement conversion for regulation by seconds pendulum, the dial with central rose decorated Arabic numeral alarm disc enveloped by stylised leafy tulip sprays issuing from a three-petal flowerhead positioned just above six o'clock and with finely engraved signature ‘Richard Beck Neere the French, Church Londini Fecit’ to upper margin, with original iron hand within a replaced, earlier, narrow first period chapter ring (possibly by Bowyer c1620) with floating asterisk half hour markers, the standard London Lothbury frame with column turned corner posts beneath armorial foliate pierced frets, vase turned finials and domed bell bearer, the sides with hinged brass doors and the rear with hanging hoop and spurs (originally with balance wheel regulation), complete with pendulum and weight.
40cm (15.75ins) high, 15cm (6ins) wide, 19.5cm (7.75ins) deep including spurs.
Beyond the earlier chapter ring and door replacement in its distant past, there is a lot of originality to this clock Including all original steelwork and alarm work behind the dial (matchstick man foundry marked hour wheel spur)
Cleaned, serviced and running. £3950
Richard Beck is recorded in Loomes, Brian Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 as born circa 1632 and apprenticed to John Selwood in 1646. On Selwood's death in 1651 Beck continued his apprenticeship under Thomas Loomes gaining his freedom of the Clockmakers' Company in 1653. In 1855 he married Elizabeth Gilbert at St. Benet Fink with whom he had three children. Richard Beck was a Parliamentarian who supported Fromanteel and Loomes rebelling against the Clockmaker's Company in 1656. Sadly illness brought Beck's life to an end at a premature age; he died in May 1659 leaving his wife and three young children. Richard Beck's working life only lasted six years and coincided with the short-lived English Commonwealth period (1649-1660). Despite his short-lived time at the bench Loomes notes that at least five lantern clocks by him are known; his work therefore provides us with a concise 'snapshot' of lantern clock production during this short period of time. The present clock is perhaps of notable interest in that it utilises classic 'third period' Lothbury frame castings hence is probably one of the earliest clocks to do so, whilst the dial engraving follows 'second period' style with stiffer/stronger hatching to the elements. Indeed the dial engraving can be compared to that on a 'second period' clock by Henry Ireland illustrated in White, George English Lantern Clocks on page 158 (Figure III/69), and the frame conforms to castings featured on page 180 (Figures IV/37 and 38).
WILLIAM WEBSTER, LONDON. A GEORGE III EBONISED VERGE BRACKET CLOCK with inverted bell top pediment above a glazed moulded door enclosing an 8" round silvered dial with Roman and Arabic numerals surrounding calendar and mock pendulum apertures, regulation aperture at 12 o'clock fronting a signed eight-day five pillar double fusee movement with rise and fall verge escapement striking the hours on a bell.
39cm high not including handle. A fine example from a quality, sought after maker.
HENRY DUN, LONDINI. A Q3 17TH CENTURY WINGED BRASS LANTERN CLOCK surmounted by a strapped large bell above a pierced engraved reversed dolphin fret, the narrow 6" chapter ring with Roman numerals surrounding a signed tulip engraved centre fronting a twin weighted striking movement with central verge pendulum enclosed within brass hinged winged doors through which the anchor pendulum can be seen.
Believed original doors though the wings are Victorian add ons. Replaced side frets. Clock was restored later 20th C. Original wheel work / crown-wheel and steelwork (replaced verge arbor). Replacement hand. At one time the clock had provision for minute hand added; most likely the chapter ring was slightly narrowed to remove minute punch marks along the outer edge when later removed.
Henry Dun, born 1606 and was apprenticed in 1621 to the Merchant Tailors - made free in 1631, and last Clockmakers Company record of him in 1678. See Loomes entry detail in listing images (Early Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700)
UNDER AGREEMENT . Serviced, running.
A faithful 19th century copy of a continental 17th century wall timepiece with alarm in an oak hooded case. Painted iron dial bearing the date 1668.
The iron frame surmounted by a bell within a cruciform strap over a heavy iron balance to a verge escapement, the 4.75 inch shaped painted iron dial bearing the date 1668 between columns over a Gothic Roman chapter ring with pierced hand and Arabic alarm setting disc to the centre, contained in an oak hooded wall case with sliding glazed side panels. Well made, fine functioning balance wheel verge escapement with timing weights.
Charming antique continental wooden hooded case.
£1950. Serviced and fully functional.
A continental weight driven single handed wall clock in the mid 17th century style.
The frame and wheelwork of this clock are original, carefully restored in the 19th century to what it once was.
The tall case with arched dialplate and doors centred by a bell mounted in a double-frame with spiral finial, the painted dial with twin cherubs heads against a starry sky, the Gothic Roman chapter ring with single steel hand over a subsidiary quarter-hour dial, the right hand door painted with an early astronomer looking through a telescope, the left with a scholar holding a Classical column and globe. The weight driven movement with iron wheels and pinions, the verge arbor suspended on silk, the strike with inside countwheel striking on the bell above. 46cms (18ins) high.
£3950. Serviced / fully operational with a superbly running balance escapement.
A WILLIAM III HOODED WALL CLOCK MOVEMENT WITH SEVEN-INCH DIAL Etherington, London, late 17th century The two train four finned pillar weight-driven outside countwheel bell striking thirty-hour movement with anchor escapement regulated by seconds pendulum, the 7 inch square brass dial with matted centre within applied Roman numeral chapter ring with sword hilt half hour markers and signed Etherington, London
to lower margin, with sculpted steel single hand and winged cherub mask cast spandrels to angles, mounted on an original oak wall bracket, possibly replaced hood with caddy moulded top.The case 37cm (14.5cm) high, 23.5cm (9.25ins) wide, 13.5cm (5.25ins) deep.
£1650. Serviced / fully operational
George Etherington is recorded in Loomes, Brian Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 as being made a Free Brother of the Clockmakers' Company in 1684 having previously being apprenticed to Robert Rooksby possibly in Newcastle-on-Tyne or York. In 1689 he moved from the 'Dial in Fleet Street' to 'against the New Church in the Strand', London. In 1697 he signed the Oath of Allegiance and became an Assistant of the Clockmakers' Company in 1701, Warden in 1706 and finally Master in 1709. He attended until at least 1720 and is thought to have died in 1729.
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