A stylish, unsigned West Country lantern clock C 1690. Mostly original, has replaced doors and now with long pendulum anchor conversion. A nice example having keyhole cutouts on the bottom of the movement pillars and highly decorated finely made hand both suggest West Country origin. Single hour hand ~30 hour running per wind time and striking the hours on the original bell. Bell striking can easily be silenced with a cloths peg, allowing ~ 4 days of running per wind.
Pricing represents great value for a genuine 320 year old lantern clock.
Offered complete and operational with single weight, pulley, chain and pendulum. £2990.
From the man who first introduced the pendulum clock in 1657, here is a rare mid 17th century lantern clock case, the lantern clock converted to a bespoke 8day, chain driven, double fusee spring movement. The case has matching frets, very nicely engraved as is the finely detailed period floral pattern on the dial plate. The finely engraved signature appears in an unusual arch within the front fret, and matches signatures found on some other Fromanteel clock dials. All case components are the original case with exception of the side and rear doors and top / bottom plates.
The purpose made chain driven 8 day double fusee movement is of sustantial quality. The clock strikes the hour on the nicely toned original bell.
Serviced. POR (pricing upon request as the clock is listed elsewhere with a specialist dealer)
Standard sized English lantern clock from the third quarter of the 17th century.
Pristine / restored condition. By the general case wear and excellent condition of this clock, this example never traveled much, spending much of its life in storage. The clocks workmanship suggests it was comprehensively restored in the 1980s by a top notch craftsman, perhaps replacing the doors, verge arbor etc.. Original Rear pendulum verge arrangement, never converted to anchor. All the steelwork is original, screws are hand made and original to the clock. This example has top mounted hammer / spring mechanism, and a double 12 count wheel, both rarely found. Beautifully made, each part upon close examination clearly verifies its 350 years of age but with minimal wear.
Rope driven. Serviced
A fine and possibly unique late 17th century lantern clock of exceptional size.
A bell diameter of 23cms (9ins) bell supported within a bellstand with unique tulip castings between the arms (one arm and top finial replaced), set within four large acorn finials on tapering Doric columns to ball feet, each foot with a cast central band, the silvered chapter ring 28cms (11ins) in diameter and 6.5cms (2.5ins) in width, with Arabic minute band and large Roman numerals, half hour markers and inner quarter hour track, florally engraved centre with a cartouche signature at VI, the weight driven movement converted to anchor escapement with four-wheel train, the strike operated via a countwheel, the hammer spring and stop both with facetted and engraved decoration
19ins high. Original doors.
SEIGNIOUR,ROBERT. London. Also Seignior.
Baptised at St Dunstan's in the West in 1645, he was apprenticed (not through the Clockmakers' Company') to John Nicasius and was freed Clockmakers' Company in April 1667.
He worked in Exchange Alley. He was constantly in trouble with Clockmakers' Company administration, October 1671 he was fined 20s for calling them a company of cheating knaves'. In January 1673 Henry Jones complained he had faked his name on a clock. In November 1673 he was appointed King's Clock and Watchmaker 'without fee' until the death or surrender of office of Edward East, who in fact outlived him.
In 1682 he got £20 for a clock for the Treasury Chambers. On 10 October (most likely this clock).
His will, describing him as a clockmaker of St Peter Le Poer parish, is dated 1685 and was proved in Canterbury on 4 May 1687. He left his estate to his son, George. He was to be buried in St Peter's die Poor. By 1686 Daniel Quare had taken over Seigniour's former premises in Exchange Alley.
£6950. Restored, fully operational.
Includes bespoke oak floor stand.
Note: This clock can be purchased with the verge pendulum escapement reinstated. Please ask!