15¾ inches (400 mm)
Of standard Bristol lantern construction, circular section columns with integral finned ball feet and distinctive urn finials, with detachable side doors. The original lion and unicorn gallery frets above, the front highlight engraved, the matching side frets left plain. Four brass straps for the bell surmounted by a conforming urn finial, with later riveted iron square-shaped hoop and spurs protruding from the column bases.
The brass dial plate beautifully engraved and of distinct Bristol ornament with Tudor roses, calyx and formalised foliage, enclosed by a narrow brass Roman chapter ring, attached by two integrally cast lugs of Bristol-type, and a Tudor rose engraved alarm-setting disc to the centre. The pierced and shaped brass hand with an alarm setting extension.
The movement, held by three internal plates, the going with verge escapement and short bob pendulum. The hours are struck on the large bell via a countwheel mounted on the back of the rear cruciform plate, the alarm train is mounted vertically on the inside of the same plate with a verge clapper to the bell above and set via the disc on the dial, both going and strike trains are chain driven, the alarm rope driven. The brass side doors are rare original survivors, however the rear iron dust plate is a later replacement.
Countwheel hour strike with alarm
Brian Loomes, 2005, sold for £11,500;
George White, English Lantern Clocks, 1989, p.222-230;
Knife-edge verge with short bob pendulum
Anonymous, Bristol. Circa 1680
A good provincial Charles II brass striking verge lantern clock with alarm