English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel

1670-1680
English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel

English 17th Century Miniature Lantern Wall Clock with Original Balance Wheel

1670-1680
Height 9.06 inch (23 cm)
Width 3.94 inch (10 cm)
Depth 3.94 inch (10 cm)
This rare survivor of the 17th century retains the original balance wheel escapement and alarm mechanism. The miniature brass case is of classic lantern form with the original brass side doors and is surmounted by the alarm bell with central turned finial.

The dial has a beautiful florally engraved centre with alarm disc decorated with a rosette. The decorative pierced side frets and fixing screws are probably replaced and of a later date.

The movement is weight driven and wall mounted.

Whilst it is generally agreed that with the introduction of the more accurate timekeeping achieved by the pendulum in the mid-latter 1650s, the use of the balance wheel became increasingly redundant.
It is these rare miniature lantern clocks that were intended clearly to be portable by virtue of their size and for the general convenience of the traveler.

This, together with the balance wheel being more forgiving in its immediacy of setting up and getting correctly "in beat", readily explains the continued use of the balance wheel as in this surviving example as late as possibly 1680 also.

Condition

Good

Materials

Brass
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