Lantern Clock by John Ebsworth


c. 1665 with later ting-tang striking twin fusee movement
John Ebsworth lantern clock

An early english lantern clock by the London maker John Ebsworth, circa 1665, with later rear-wind twin fusee movement. The clock retains its original alarm disc. The high-quality 8-day twin-fusee movement with ting-tang striking makes the clock freestanding and free from chains or rope and pendulum.

The clock keeps excellent time, counting the hours and quarters by ting-tang striking on two subsidiary bells. The movement has just undergone a total overhaul to a very high standard including servicing of pinions and bushes where required. The movement has been fully cleaned and polished as can be seen in the photographs. The pendulum and movement are totally contained within the frame of the clock and the pendulum also has its transit screw.

The frame of this clock is of standard lantern proportions and includes original cross-dolphin frets and 5 original finials. The finely engraved dial plate with tulip design and carrying the maker's signature "John Ebsworth in New Cheap Side Londini fecit". Although John Ebsworth was a prolific maker of lantern clocks, very few of his surviving clocks are signed "New Cheap Side".

The clock having 5 3/4" square frame, 6 1/4" diameter chapter ring of 1" width. The clock stands 15" high.

John Ebsworth was apprenticed in February 1657 to Richard Ames and made a Freeman in April 1665. He was Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1697 and died in 1699.

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Price: SOLD

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