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Brass lantern 30 hour clock with anchor escape and 1sec pendulum, signed John Read, Bishop Startford. c1695
The dial is of the typical lantern form for this period, broad silvered brass chapter ring 6 ½” diameter, with inner quarters, pronounced half hour markers and Roman chapters. Center brass section engraved with floral designs and tulips, signed John Read in Bishop Startford Fecit in upper portion below the XII. Single blued steel hand.

The movement is housed in a posted brass case, brass side doors, dolphin frets to 5” bell held by cast brass bell strap. The clock is 15” high to top of urn finial, there are four urn finials to corners.

The clock has a posted “birdcage” movement with going train to front and rear striking train. Movement 30 hour, anchor escapement, one second pendulum. Rear mounted count wheel. Movement bars held to top and bottom brass plates by steel wedges. Rope drive line to lead weight.

John Read of Bishop Startford is listed in English Lantern Clocks by George White with a picture of a lantern clock by John Read on page 264 plate V/130. Bishop Startford is in Hertfordshire. John Read is also listed in The Clockmakers of Hertfordshire by E.J. Tyler AHS 1997. He died in 1697, he was also a locksmith.

Clock is 34” high and 14 ½” wide at the hood.


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