Small verge escapement clock in an engraved gilt metal drum-shaped canister case by an unknown maker, Germany
The side of the case is engraved with figures of three soldiers and scrolled foliage. The cover is engraved with foliage and the bust of a German lady, surrounded by the number 1581. The movement is iron with three wheels, a characteristic long fusee and balance escapement. The gilt dial has an engraved central sun and hour figures I-XII and 13-24, each with a 'touch' pin. 2nd quarter of the 16th century.
This watch-like clock was likely to have been made by a locksmith or armourer. The small balls, or 'touch-pins', found at each hour, were intended as a guide to the finger in the dark so as to learn the time by touch.
The case is dated ‘1581’, but the number ‘81’ has been set into the case, distinct as it is on un-gilded brass.
Clockmakers' Museum No. 582
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outer case: 69 mm x 69 mm x 46 mm,
movement: 38 mm x 61 mm x 61 mm,
- spring-driven clock
- Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
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