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Rare early balance wheel lantern clock by Peter Closon


A rare and well preserved early balance wheel lantern clock, by this celebrated clock maker from the Commonwealth period.

The brass case is wonderfully patinated throughout and has pierced fret engraved with entwined dolphins above the dial with elegant finials and ball feet.

The dial retains traces of the original gilding and is signed within the narrow chapter-ring, “Peter Closon Neere Holburne Bridge Londini Fecit,” surrounded by tulip and floral engraving – so typical of these clocks from the post-Civil War period.

The brass case of this early clock is wonderfully patinated and retains the original side doors, brass backplate and pierced side frets which are stamped N & T, the foundry to have been used by the contemporary lantern clockmaker Thomas Knifton.

The alarm disc is original but the alarm train and balance wheel escapement are both later replacements, both executed in an exemplary manner.


** Peter Closon generously subscribed £5 in 1630 to the formation of the Clockmakers’ Company, later serving as Assistant and Warden. The last Company’s record of him dates to 1660, and he is thought to have died within a year or so.

Several other fine examples of Closon’s work are illustrated in George White’s English Lantern Clocks (1989) and a full history of his life appears in Brian Loomes’s Clockmakers of Britain 1286-1700 (2014), pp.125-6.

Date: circa 1650 to 1660
Height: 39.50cm (16 inches)

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