Lantern clock by Peter Closon c.1655

Made:
1650-1560 in London

Lantern clock by Peter Closon c.1655
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Lantern clock by Peter Closon c.1655
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Small weight-driven 30 hour lantern or 'house' clock with alarmwork by Peter Closon.

The clock originally had a verge and balance-wheel escapement but was converted at some point to anchor and long pendulum. It would have had a twelve-hour duration.

The dial is engraved with tulips with a steel hand, and is signed 'Peter Closon Neere Holburn Londini fecit'. c.1655

Peter Closon was a prolific maker of such clocks, and ran a large workshop at Holborn Bridge. He was an original subscriber to the Clockmakers’ Company, and became an Assistant and a Warden, but probably died (c.1660) before he could serve as Master.

Clockmakers' Museum No. 574

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Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3458
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), lead (metal), silvered brass and steel (metal)
type:
lantern clock
taxonomy:
  • measuring devices
  • measuring devices
  • timepieces
  • clocks
  • bracket clocks
  • components
  • components
  • escapements
  • measuring devices
  • measuring devices
  • timepieces
  • clocks
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

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