The lantern clock is so named because of the resemblance of the outlines of the clock to a lantern, emphasised by rectangular shaped case with pillars to each side, capped by the domed bell that sits on and covers most of the top of the clock, which is surmounted by a finial. The lantern clock was developed in England after 1600 and similar versions were developed in other countries, during the 17th century. They were the first type of clock to be made from brass, (earlier clocks were made from wood and iron) and the first to be widely used in private homes. They were weight driven, and designed to be wall mounted, although often having finials on the bottom of each of the four corners which give the impression of feet. They were spring driven and only accurate to within about 15 minutes per day. With the invention of the pendulum in 1656, which increased accuracy, the works on many lantern clocks were converted by the addition of a pendulum. Unmodified original lantern clocks are very rare. The original lantern clocks had only one hand, so a lantern clock with two hands is either a conversion, or a later copy, as are most lantern clocks available on the market.
An early Victorian brass lantern clock by Samuel Jackson of London, the 'bell' top suspended above a pierced shaped and engraved pediment, the brass dial with engraved Roman numerals, a further dial to the centre with Arabic numerals, maker's name engraved
A French 18th century brass lantern clock, of traditional design, the brass dial with Roman numerals, quarter markings, single hand, cloud style decoration and inscribed with 'Caille Paris', the front fret with naive face and florals, birds and urn to each
A German gilt metal lantern clock by Winterhalder & Hofmeier, circa 1890, with strapped bell within three pierced frets, above a silvered Roman chapter ring and putti mask spandels raised on acorn feet, the two side doors with applied sunburst decoration,
A Japanese engraved brass striking lantern clock (Kake-Dokei) and case, circa 1840, the peony-engraved dial plate with brass chapter ring engraved with Japanese characters revolving against a pierced steel hand, with a double foliot escapement, flanked by
An early 20th century brass ship’s lantern type clock with three faces, the cylindrical body with a circular silvered dial for clock, similar for barometer and other for thermometer. The top with ring handle above housing for compass, all supported by thre
A 17th century style brass thirty-hour lantern clock London 18th century 40 x 21 cm inscribed, 'Geo.Clarke, Leadan hall Street, London 18th century works and later dial, No. 5255 Arabic numerals, verge escapement, count wheel strike, hook and spur mounting
A fine, early English birdcage lantern clock with time, alarm, and strike on a large bell, Jos Davis, London with normal hasp and staple wall fittings now seated on a wooden wall bracket, this fine early single handed verge lantern clock with a raised dial
A late 19th/early 20th century brass lantern timepiece with passing strike, the typical frame surmounted by a bell and pierced scroll finials, the Roman chapter ring with foliate engraved centre, the fusee movement with passing strike on a bell, now contai
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