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Lantern clock by Henry Jones


A most interesting and probably unique lantern clock by this celebrated maker.

This late 17th century lantern clock has a case style of bold classic design typical of the period.

It is signed on the dial amidst scrolling fruiting foliage and between the chapter ring and the central alarm disc, Henry Jones, London.
The movement is striking, but unusually and possibly uniquely, it has rack strike which enables an hour pull repeat at will by pulling the cord to the right side of the case as was more normal with table clocks of the period. The use of the rack, rather than the countwheel strike, enables the hour strike to keep in sequence upon discharging the strike and this together with hour and minute hand brings the lantern of old up to date with the latest technology.

Interestingly, the hour is repeated at seven minutes past the hour, perhaps taking in continental convention.


*Sir George White, English Lantern Clocks, fig IV/118, pp210/211, illustrates this very clock.
The author remarks that most of the celebrated clockmakers of the period produced a number of lantern clocks although they were more generally known for their spring clocks and longcase offerings. Indeed he comments on this particular clock that “it shows his (Henry Jones’s) competence in lantern clockmaking”.

This clock is hour striking/repeating, not quarter-striking as described in Sir George’s scholarly tome.

Date: circa 1685
Width: 16.00cm (6 inches)
Height: 41.00cm (16 inches)
Depth: 21.00cm (8.27 inches)

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