A mid 17th century brass lantern clock Thomas Knifton, in the Crossed Keys, Lothbury fecit

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A mid 17th century brass lantern clock
Thomas Knifton, in the Crossed Keys, Lothbury fecit

Sold for £ 5,000 (US$ 6,744) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

16 Dec 2015, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A mid 17th century brass lantern clock
Thomas Knifton, in the Crossed Keys, Lothbury fecit
The bell strap supported on shouldered urn finials over engraved dolphin frets, the foremost signed along the lower edge, raised on tapered pillars and ball feet, the 6.5 inch Roman chapter ring with wheat ear half hour markers and possibly later engraved minute band with Roman quarters, the half-quarters indicated by fleur-de-lis, the dial centre with engraved alarm disk and continuous floral and foliate border, the iron hour hand of traditional form with addition, but old plain minute hand, the two train weight driven movement with characteristic finely worked hammer stop and spring, the lifting arm with cut decoration to the upper edge, converted from balance to anchor escapement. 35cm (13.75in)

Footnotes

  • A very similar dial on a Knifton clock can be seen in White's 'English Lantern Clocks 1999, page 134 fig.III/13
    Near identical hammer stops and springs by Knifton are illustrated in Loomes' 'Lantern Clocks and their Makers, 2008, page 104, fig. 8.37
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A mid 17th century brass lantern clock Thomas Knifton, in the Crossed Keys, Lothbury fecit
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