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A brass 30 hour lantern clock with later oak bracket. Clock signed Tho. Moor, Ipswich . c1715

An early 18 th century lantern clock of regular form. Typical posted brass case, brass side doors, pierced frets – front engraved, to a 5 ½” bell held by cast brass straps with center top mounted urn finial. Four urn finials to the corners supporting the bell straps and four lower feet. Case has hoop for hanging at the upper plate and spikes on the two rear feet. Steel rear door. This clock is complimented by an old but not contemporary 1” thick oak wall bracket.

The Period III broad silvered chapter ring is 6 ¾” diameter. Roman hour chapters and inner quarters with arrow head half hour markers. Center polished brass section engraved with foliate scrolls and signed Tho. Moor, Ipswich in upper portion below XII. Single blued steel hand.

Posted movement with going train to front and rear striking train. Three wheel 30 hour movement, anchor recoil escapement, one second pendulum with steel rod supporting brass covered 4” bob. Endless rope drive over brass pulley and 6lb lead weight.

Britten's lists Moore as c1720, clock and watch maker. Loomes lists ca. 1714 – 1762 and Baillie 1720 – 1789. Heir of Thos. of London . Famous maker referenced in many books including Brass Dial Clocks by Loomes with illustration. There were three distinct periods of lantern clock making, First between 1580 – 1640, second between 1640 – 1660 and the third between 1660 – 1700. This clock is of the third period. Wide chapter rings were available from c1680. In the third period the difference between one maker's frame and another was rarely noticeable – George White, English lantern Clocks. This clock was made very early in the 18 th century. Clocks by Moore are shown in English Lantern Clocks G. White p301 Fig VII/27.

Clock stands 15 ¼” from feet to top of terminal.


 

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