THOMAS KNIFTON at the Crossed Keys in Lothbury Fecit
THOMAS KNIFTON at the Crossed Keys in Lothbury Fecit
THOMAS KNIFTON at the Crossed Keys in Lothbury Fecit

THOMAS KNIFTON at the Crossed Keys in Lothbury Fecit

c. 1650 to 1660 Lothbury

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A Cromwellian Second Period lantern clock of great charm. It unusually has two iron hands for the hours and minutes and a chapter ring with an outer minute band and fleur-de-lys for indicating the half-quarters. The two-train weight driven movement has had an old conversion from balance wheel to anchor escapement and long pendulum. The maker’s signature is set at the base of the dolphin fret, leaving space for a continuous flow of tulip and foliate engraving in the dial centre.

Height: 14 ½ in (37 cm)

*Thomas Knifton was apprenticed to William Selwood in 1632 for eight years. He subsequently had his workshop at the Crossed Keys in Lothbury in St Margaret’s Parish and was first mentioned there in June 1646. He was one of the most preeminent and prolific lantern clockmakers along with Peter Closon and Thomas Loomes. Tragically, his workshop was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. He died in January 1667 a poor man, but with his rich legacy of lantern clocks largely intact for future generations. His daughter, Sarah, married the clockmaker Edward Norris who had also been an apprentice of William Selwood.
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Thomas Knifton at the Crossed Keys in Lothbury Fecit
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