Standard lantern construction with multi-piece circular section columns, ball feet and urn finials, integral hoop and restored spikes, the rear right of the bottom plate scratch-numbered 535 and sculpted to take the pendulum bob when fixed, pierced gallery frets; the front fret engraved with a vase issuing flowers, the bell strap with decorative pierced frets surmounted by a further urn finial.
The wainscot oak longcase stand of similar date with shaped backboard, long trunk door and concave moulding to the base with skirted foot.
Signed Tho: Tompion London in the foliate engraved centre (G.515) with central alarm disc calibrated 1-12, brass Roman chapter-ring with sword-hilt half-hour markers and single blued-steel hand.
Top plate with integral hoop, punch-numbered 535 and further stamped W beneath a fleur-de-lys. Timepiece movement with alarm; going train largely original with crown wheel and short bob pendulum, alarm train restored with original disc.
Clock: Private collection Europe, since at least 1960s.
Anon. sale, Sotheby’s, London, 18 November, 2009, lot 219.
Stand: John Hooper collection.
Antiquarian Horology, December 1971, p. 444/5.
Antiquarian Horology, Summer 1977, p. 360/1.
Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 Years, p. 549.
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.104-107.
The Fleur-de-Lys Tompion, No. 535 circa 1712
A miniature brass lantern timepiece with alarm on a period miniature wainscot oak longcase stand
The letter W beneath a fleur-de-lys also appears on Tompion longcase clock No. 502. The sculpted baseplate for the pendulum when parked is a feature seen on other Tompion and Graham lantern clocks.
The period oak miniature lantern clock longcase stand is a particularly rare survivor.