Lantern Clock by Thomas Knifton

CROSS KEYS, LOTHBURY, LONDON

c. 1660
Thomas Knifton lantern clock

A fine, mid-seventeenth century lantern clock by the eminent maker Thomas Knifton.

The two train, weight-driven movement with countwheel strike, originally balance wheel with early conversion to anchor escapement, circa 1675.

The strapped bell over urn finials and three cast pierced frets engraved with crossed dolphins and floral motif, supported on tapering Doric columns to ball feet.

The chapter ring with Roman numerals, inner quarter hour track with half hour markers enclosing the centre with decorative Arabic alarm setting dial.

The dial plate with early Lothbury tulip engraving and carrying the maker's signature 'Thomas Knifton at the Cross Keys Lothbury'. Single iron trident-shaped hand.

Nice early high domed double brass faced pendulum bob with feature thumb grip to pendulum rod.

The clock having 5 1/2" square frame, 6" diameter chapter ring and engraved 6 1/4" high dial plate. Standing 15" high to top of bell finial.

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