A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617
Lot 60
A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock
William Bowyer, London, 1617
Sold for £ 43,750 (US$ 57,545) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

11 Jul 2018, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617 A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock  William Bowyer, London, 1617
A very rare and horologically important, signed and dated early 17th century lantern clock
William Bowyer, London, 1617
The frame:
The brass posted frame with four bulbous ringed urn finials over tapering Doric columns set on ringed ball feet, each pillar base set proud of the top and bottom plate by 1/16th of a inch to give an 'inverted breakfront' cross-section. Side doors and backplate now missing, frets, top finial, and bell strap are modern fittings. The current bell was found with the clock, it appears to be 17th century but is probably not original.
The frame measuring 14.3cms (5 and 5/8ths of an inch) square.
Height to the top of the pillared finial 25.8cms (10 and 1/8th of an inch).


The dial
The chapter ring 6 inches in diameter and 3/4s of an inch in width with Roman numerals interspersed by floating simple eight-pointed stars framing the single line inner border, the centre engraved with twelve shaded lobes of gadrooning, each separated by a scrolled arrow head on a shaded ground, the original iron hand with double C-scroll terminal and fettled counterpoise, to a 2.25 inch brass alarm setting dial with Roman numerals interspersed by simple six-pointed star half-hour markers around a flower-head engraved centre with 24 alternating wide and narrow petals, the dial plate shaped to fit the profile of the pillars and decorated with engraved foliage to the top and scrolling strapwork to the base, signed in an upward-curving reserve 'William Bowyer fecit 1617' immediately below VII and V.

The movement
Weight driven with two trains set one in front of the other, each train of three brass wheels on steel arbors, the going now terminating in an anchor escapement, the strike terminating in an altered heavy brass fly, the strike dictated by the iron countwheel set to the rear of the crossbar, both crossbars identical except the right hand side of the rear which is shaped in order to accommodate the lifting of the locking detent. The steel hammer with repaired base and stop, but retaining the original shaped hammer spring.
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