Item Details

Maker: William Bowyer

Circa: 1630

Height: Height: 16.5 inches, Width 6 inches, Depth including hoop: 7 inches.

Stock No. Inventory No. 6

Price: Sold prior

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A First Period Striking Lantern Clock with Alarm Disc.

A First Period Striking Lantern Clock with Alarm Disc.

 Case: The frame with slender tapered multipiece angle columns, turned feet and urn finials, restored iron hoop and spikes, original leaf fret to the front with replaced dolphin frets to the sides, the bell strap mounted with fork fixings holding the bell and surmounted by a further urn finial. 

Dial: 5.5 inch Roman chapter-ring with typical reversed Xs, set on the shaped dialplate engraved with early patterns of open flowers, fruit and scallop shells with concentric alarm disc engraved I-XII with a central rose, signed William Bowyer, Leadne hall, fecit along the lower edge. 

Movement: Two-train posted movement with early conversion to verge escapement and short bob pendulum, the strike governed by an iron outside countwheel with typical angled slots.

Escapement: Knife-edge verge.

Strike Type: Countwheel.

Provenance: Sotheby's, 8th July 2008, lot 378 (21,994 GBP).

Literature: George White, English Lantern Clocks, 1989, illus. fig. II.50, p. 67 fig. II.146, p.113. Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.384-385.

Comments: William Bowyer, was one of London's finest early clockmakers; by 1620 he was working in Leadenhall street in the City and is thought to have been a member of the Joiner's Company. In 1632, he was a founding member of the Clockmaker's Company, becoming Assistant in 1651 and warden in 1653. It is thought that Bowyer died in 1653, when he is last recorded as attending the Company.

This early lantern clock is in good original condition, the strike train unaltered except fot the fly pinion, an early replacement. With an verge pendulum conversion, but retaining and reusing the balance 'scape abor for the contrate, and balance top potence for the crownwheel.

Part of The Tom Scott Collection.