Small drum-shaped clock from the second quarter of the 16th Century

Made:
1525-1550 in Germany
Small drum-shaped clock from the last quarter of the 16th Century Small drum-shaped clock from the last quarter of the 16th Century

Small drum-shaped clock from the last quarter of the 16th Century
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Small drum-shaped clock from the last quarter of the 16th Century
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Small verge escapement clock in an engraved gilt metal drum-shaped canister case by an unknown maker, Germany, 1525-1550.

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 verge and balance escapement. The gilt dial has an engraved central sun and hour figures I-XII and 13-24, each with a 'touch' pin.

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

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3463
Materials:
gilt brass, gut and iron
Measurements:
outer case: 69 mm x 69 mm x 46 mm,
movement: 38 mm x 61 mm x 61 mm,
type:
spring-driven clock
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers