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Lantern clock (converted to fusee) by John Ebsworth, New Cheap Side, London. Circa 1675.

A lovely English Chamber clock originally by this eminent maker.

Stock No. 14148

The substantial, eight day duration, double chain fusee movement with maintaining power and side lever platform escapement. Also, rack striking the hours with fine resonance on the large top bell. The escapement index protrudes through the top plate and aligns with a silvered and graduated scale. The present movement is circa 1880 and fills the case.

Contained in the original case with dolphin frets, five matching finials and ball feet. These, the doors, dial and pillars are believed to be original. The dial plate having corner engraving, central tulip engraving with the upper section bearing the maker's signature "John Ebsworth, in New Cheap Side, Londini fecit". The silvered chapter ring having Roman numerals, inner quarter ring and tulip half hour marking whilst the silvered alarum disc has Arabic numerals and a central open tulip head. The alarum work was removed to facilitate the conversion to fusee. This is an accurate clock and aesthetically pleasing, the bell sits beautifully just above the frets and the maintaining power keeps the movement running whilst winding is taking place so no time is lost.

* I purchase these converted clocks because the work carried out to them was not to deceive but to improve. Large sums were paid to have these conversions carried out which meant that the clock ran for eight days instead of the usual 12 to 24 hours, the timekeeping was vastly more accurate and, the clock did not have to be hung high on a wall because of the ropes and weights but could be placed on a table.

** This example is collectable because it is by an eminent maker, it has a platform escapement and not the usual pendulum also, it was originally made over 340 years ago (King Charles II period). This is a chance for you to own a piece of real history and is similar to buying a period house that has been modernised.

*** John Ebsworth was a pre-eminent and important early clockmaker, who was apprenticed to Richard Aymes on the 23rd February 1657, becoming free on the 3rd April 1665. He was an assistant to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1682, becoming a warden between 1694 and 1696; and Master in 1697. He worked at the Cross Keys, Lothbury before moving to New Cheap Side, London and may well have succeeded the famous lantern clock maker Thomas Knifton. He died in 1699.

Dimensions:                   15 1/4" high x 5 3/4" wide x 5 3/4" deep.

Circa:                              1675.

Condition:                        Excellent.

Price:                               £4,500.00 (this includes cost of meticulous overhaul to the movement).

Lantern clock (converted to fusee) by John Ebsworth, New Cheap Side, London. Circa 1680.
  • Lantern clock (converted to fusee) by John Ebsworth, New Cheap Side, London. Circa 1680.
  • Lantern clock (converted to fusee) by John Ebsworth, New Cheap Side, London. Circa 1680.
  • Lantern clock (converted to fusee) by John Ebsworth, New Cheap Side, London. Circa 1680.
  • Lantern clock (converted to fusee) by John Ebsworth, New Cheap Side, London. Circa 1680.
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