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    Sale 2796

    The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important European Clocks

    19 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 444

    An English miniature brass timepiece lantern clock with alarm


    Price Realised  


    An English miniature brass timepiece lantern clock with alarm
    late 17th Century
    With engraved brass side and front associated frets, the latter also signed William Bowyer: Londini, brass side doors (one replaced, the other possibly original), iron back plate and hoop, with spurs on a later crossbar, the dial with engraved plate, stylised arrow half hour markers to brass Roman chapter ring, brass alarm-setting disc (chapter ring and alarm disc engraved with a small 5 to their rear), single faceted steel hand, the short duration movement now with verge escapement (top plate possibly replaced) and with alarm on (later?) bell above, restorations to wheelwork; one lead weight
    19.5 cm. high

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    George White, English Lantern Clocks, Woodbridge, 1989, pp.111-114 et alia
    Dawson, Drover & Parkes, Early English Clocks, Woodbridge, 1982, pp.55-73
    Bill Bruce, Early English Lantern Clocks, Worthing, 2004

    William Bowyer is believed to have been making clocks as early as the 1620s and was a member of the Clockmakers' Company by 1632. He was Assistant in 1651 and Warden in 1653, when he last attended. He probably died around then and certainly by 1662/63. See Brian Loomes, The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, Southwick, 1981, pp.108-109. Bruce (p.14) describes Bowyer as 'probably the finest maker of lantern clocks in London up to the Civil War' and refers to him continuing to work through the civil war. Unusually for Bowyer, this example is signed along the edge of the front fret rather than at the bottom of the dial, as is an example shown in Bruce (p.15).
    Examples of Bowyer lantern clocks at auction include examples sold: Sotheby's New York, The Justice Warren Shepro Collection, 26 April 2001, lot 62; Christie's London, The Albert Odmark Collection of Important Clocks and Watches, 22 March 2005, lot 431; Bonhams London, Fine Clocks and Barometers, 19 June 2007, lot 72.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that it is now our opinion that this clock dates from the late 17th century and that the frets are associated to it. It is therefore not by William Bowyer.