JOHN BARNETT
JOHN BARNETT

JOHN BARNETT

c. 1695 Londini Fecit

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A rare late 17th century Third Period miniature brass lantern clock in a very original state. The maker’s signature is engraved to the dial centre below XII, the rest of the centre being filled with very finely engraved leaves and flowers. Note: the centre of the alarm setting disc is also engraved with the Tudor Rose, a typical Third Period feature.
The clock has dolphin frets which have a deep vertical shape, typical Third Period feature along with the intermediate, pierced and shaped 'arms' or 'leaves' on the bell strap. The well shaped steel single hand is probably original as are the bell, bell strap and finial and both of the side doors.
The original verge escapement has a centre swinging pendulum and cut-outs are provided in the doors for the pendulum bob to swing, a rare feature on a miniature lantern clock.
The steel work in both the going and the alarm trains appear to be original

Date: circa 1695

Height: 7 ½ in (19 cm)

* John Barnett is listed in Loomes’s ‘Early Clockmakers of Great Britain’ on page 72. He became a well known maker, having been apprenticed to John Ebsworth until 1682. He worked at the sign of the Peacock in Lothbury and made a number of fine bracket and longcase clocks.
A very similar miniature Third Period Lantern in “barn fresh” condition by Edward Eyston can be seen on page 293 of George White’s book entitled ‘English Lantern Clocks.’
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John Barnett Londini Fecit
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