Miniature Lantern Alarum Timepiece by Nathaniel Upjohn


c. 1765
Nathaniel Upjohn lantern alarm timepiece

An 18th century miniature brass lantern alarm timepiece with shelf bracket.

The break-arch dial with matted centre, applied Roman numeral chapter ring with lozenge half-hour markers and inner quarter-hour track, alarm setting disc to dial centre. Single pierced steel hand. Maker's signature 'Nath'l Upjohn Plymouth' inscribed to circular boss, flanked by finely engraved dolphin motifs. Engraved scroll detail to angles.

The single train, weight-driven movement with verge escapement and short bob pendulum. The lantern frame with turned corner posts, pointed finials and matching feet, all surmounted by strapped bell. The timepiece keeps excellent time and the alarm is in full working order.

The clock having 3 1/4" square frame and 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide break-arch dial. The clock stands 7 1/4" high to top of bell finial.

Nathaniel Upjohn was born circa 1717 in Shaftesbury, Dorset and worked in Plymouth until his death in 1782. His father Edward and brothers Edward, Peter, Richard and William were also clockmakers in the Devon area.

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Price: SOLD

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