Longcase clock by Thomas Tompion, London, c.1670-1685. Ebonised pine case, with crested hood. The 10-inch square brass dial has engraved flowers with an alarm disc at the centre, a silvered chapter ring and angel spandrels in the corners. Pierced steel hour hand. Dial engraved 'Tho. Tompion, Londini, fecit' at 6 o'clock. The movement, which is numbered 151, is of 30-hour duration, and has (replacement) alarmwork and count wheel striking. The count wheel is on the outside of the movement.
Thomas Tompion was known for producing high-grade expensive clocks. This clock would have been one of the cheaper clocks in the range produced at his workshop, and may have been made for the servant quarters of a larger house.
Tompion became a freeman of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1671 and was elected its Master in 1703.
Clockmakers' Museum No. 543