Early domestic weight driven iron wall clock

Made:
1400-1499 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

Early domestic weight driven iron wall clock
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Early domestic weight driven iron wall clock
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Verge escapement weight driven wall clock by an unknown maker, Germany

Iron frame of four corner uprights surmounted by four curved corner bars forming a canopy supporting a bell. The corner posts carry rosettes. The front has a pierced iron plate on which hour figures are painted. The striking mechanism operates without warning. The verge escapement has a bar foliot with adjustable weights.

Clocks of this sort were amongst the earliest available in Europe for domestic use. Like the tower clocks of the period, the frame is held together with wedges and the movement is regulated by a verge escapement with an adjustable bar foliot. This clock was almost certainly brightly painted when it was first made.

Clockmakers' Museum No. 572

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Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3456
Materials:
bronze (copper, tin alloy) and iron
type:
lantern clock
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

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