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The dial has an elaborately engraved centre with alarm setting disc and finely pierced, iron hand. The well engraved front fret with a grotesque pair of dolphins is very reminiscent of Ames’ work. The design of the plain side frets is a simplified version of the front.
The movement with restored verge escapement and centre pendulum has separate trains for going and strike in the manner of earlier balance wheel clocks. Another remarkable feature (possibly unique to Ames and virtually unknown in English lantern clocks) is the presence of a third hammer at the front of the clock to sound a passing strike at the half hour. The side doors are cut with finely shaped apertures for the pendulum bob. The Alarm train is mounted on the outside of the iron backplate.
Lead weights and counter weights.
Height including finial: 14 ¼ in (37 cm)
* Richard Ames was apprenticed to Peter Closon (a noted lantern clock maker) in 1649 and was in business “near St Andrew’s church in Holborn” from 1657 until his death in 1682, one month after he became master of the Company. For a history of Ames and some illustrations of his work see Brian Loomes’s ‘Lantern Clocks and Their Makers’ pp. 127-133 and George White’s ‘English Lantern Clocks’ pp.176-177.
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