Stock No. C1121



A good brass lantern clock
by Windmills, London c1685

  • This clock is a rare example of a verge escapement with the pendulum swinging between the trains and has never been converted to anchor escapement and long pendulum. It is signed on the engraved dial centre J Windmills London.
  • The 30-hour, rope driven movement has a verge escapement with the pendulum swinging between the trains.
  • The clock has a 6½-inch diameter chapter ring with tulip engraving to the centre and a single hand. The clock strikes the hours on a bell. The brass case has three foliate frets surmounted by a bell and brass side doors.
  • Clock height 15½ inches including finial.
  • The frets are original as are the doors and the bell finial. The doors have vacant holes indicating that they have been fitted with ‘wings’ at some time, but it is believed that such attachments were not originally fitted to lantern clocks. The clock still has its original backplate, the hoop and spikes are replacements as is the hand.

Joseph Windmills is a well-respected late 17th century London maker, and was free of the Clockmakers Company in 1671 and its master in 1702. He took his son Thomas into partnership about 1700, and died in 1724.


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