Clocks for Sale p3

‘Wm Newton East Smithfield’ London Lantern C 1685

A classic lantern clock of about 1685 by William Newton of East Smithfield, London, former apprentice of Edward Stanton, made with short verge pendulum and modified later (probably in mainland Europe) to anchor escapement with long pendulum and hanging French-type suspension.  This is the only lantern clock yet recorded by this maker, who is known to have been working for a period of only about three years.

£3900.  Serviced and dials resilvered 

London Lantern Clock C1690 - Quarter Striking Fusee

A real nice third period, unsigned lantern clock with a high quality, bespoke double fusee spring driven movement fitted circa 1900.  The clock strikes quarter hours on two bells (ting-tang), the second bell nested beneath the original bell that strikes the hours. The clock is wound weekly via the back plate leaving the original dial plate unaltered.  The clock has a nice patina but can be supplied with resilvered dial and original alarm disk and bright brass case if desired.

This is a great way to enjoy a genuine 17th C lantern clock but with the convenience of a modern, quarter striking, shelf clock.  15 inches tall, 6.25 inch dial.

£1650. Fully operational and serviced

A Fine Charles II Brass Lantern Clock, Unsigned, London C1670

The posted countwheell bell-striking movement with later anchor escapement for regulation by a seconds pendulum swinging behind the rear frame, the dial with engraved ring of stylised leafy tulip sprays issuing from a three-petal flowerhead positioned above six o'clock, and iron hand. Roman numeral chapter ring with stylised wheatear half hour markers and engraved leafy infill to angles, the standard London third period frame with column turned corner posts beneath dolphin pierced frets, vase turned finials and domed bell bearer, the sides with hinged brass doors and the rear with original iron backplate, 32.5cm (12.75ins) high excluding later top finial.

Provenance: An important private estate, Cardiganshire. 

A textbook example of London third period practice using frame castings developed probably just prior to 1660 (see White, George English Lantern Clocks page 180 figures IV/37 - IV/39 and lot 153). By this time the design of the dial engraving had also become relatively standardised and can be compared (along with the iron hand) with a clocks by numerous examples by the likes of Nicholas Coxeter, Richard Ames and Thomas Wheeler made during the 1660's-70's.

Movement retains almost all of its original wheel work but has been converted to endless rope system hence strike train has been reversed requiring hammer and stop etc. to be moved from the left hand side to the right hand side of the frame leaving vacant holes in the latter. The clock originally ran a verge escapement regulated by balance wheel and has been converted (during the late 17th century) to anchor escapement and long pendulum. The escape wheel is therefore a replacement (but on the original arbor); there are the spare holes in the movement bars and top plate left over from balance wheel potances etc. The pinions and pivots show signs of historic wear.

The clock was also fitted with an alarm which was removed during subsequent conversion to long pendulum leaving spare holes in the original iron backplate. The dial is lacking the alarm disc otherwise it's in very good condition with fine original iron hand. The side doors appear original as does the bell bearer and frets; the top finial is a replacement. Includes single weight and long pendulum. 

Operational. Includes weight, pulley, rope, pendulum, silvered dial, and simple service.


An Unusual, Very Rare English Iron-framed Lantern Clock Unsigned, Early 1600s and Later

A posted countwheel bell-striking movement with separately wound trains, iron pivot bars and verge escapement regulated by horizontal balance wheel oscillating above the top plate, with an iron dial now applied with a narrow brass Roman numeral chapter ring with stylised wheatear hour markers and generous sculpted brass hand, the frame with square section corner posts and diagonal bracing bars to the sides beneath scroll pierced iron frets, vase turned finials and domed bell bearer above, the sides with iron doors suspended from pin hinges applied to the edges of the conforming fixed backplate with hanging hoop and spurs, on turned ball feet, (escapement reinstated, with restorations and replacements mainly to exterior), 38cm (15ins) high.

Provenance: From the estate of Michael Hurst (cofounder of The Antiquarian Horological Society)

The movement with balance wheel regulation, separately would trains, iron hoop and count wheel date to the first half of the 17th century. The predominant use of iron in the clocks construction would suggest that it was made in a region where brass was in fairly short supply, this possibility is supported by relatively poor quality of the castings used for the original brass wheels of which most survive in the movement. 

A related movement is illustrated in Loomes, Brian LANTERN CLOCKS & Their Makers on page 347-48 (Figs 20.21-23); as it seems that most other iron-framed lantern clocks are fitted with brass dials it is most likely that the iron dial on the current lot is a replacement.

Movement survives in its original configuration however both trains appear to have been re-pinioned (probably in the 18th century). The escapement had been reconverted back to balance wheel regulation from anchor and long pendulum some time ago.

The top and bottom plates appear original although the base is now drilled with additional holes for looping the lines. The finials, feet and posts appear old and there is no immediate reason to doubt their originality. The diagonals in the sides are not original and are only temporary in place for support (if spike hung) and are easily removed (bracket hung).

Clock is complete with two weights (shimmed weight has clock timed to within a minute or two per day).

£5890. Operational and serviced.

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