A brass lantern clock
Lot 102
A fine and rare late 17th century lantern clock with barrel winding George Harris, Fritwell
Sold for £12,000 (US$ 18,832) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and rare late 17th century lantern clock with barrel winding
George Harris, Fritwell
The strapped bell held in place by five turned brass finials (central one reduced) divided by three pierced frets, all of which, unusually, are engraved with flower heads and addorsed mythical fish, over four gently tapering Doric columns on ball feet, the top plate with wrought iron wall fixing points, the bottom plate with spikes, the 6 and 7/16s of an inch-wide chapter ring with distinctively squat Roman numerals, inner quarter hour track and unusual 'spearhead' half hour marks, drilled at V and VII for the winding squares, with (later?) single hand and fully signed centre 'George Harris in Fritwell Fecit' engraved with flower heads, leaves and buds, the weight driven movement with short verge bob pendulum on a knife edge, the going and striking trains mounted one behind the other with grooved barrels, the strike wound on the right hand side via an elongated steel winding arbour (the hammer arbour with an old break) and outside countwheel 37cm (14.5in) high.

Footnotes

  • George Harris was born circa 1619 and died in June 1694. He appears to have remained around the Fritwell area for all of his working life. A memorial tablet in Deddington Parish Church engraved and signed by Harris illustrates well how some makers in this early period turned their hands to whatever work was offered. The form of signature, with the elongated 'G' and curved 'H' are identical to the current lot. This work obviously stood him in good stead with the local clergy as he went on to repair the clocks of other local churches in 1669 and 1682. It is thought that there are only three makers to use the barrel winding system, all based in the Fritwell vicinity.
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