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17th century, quarter striking lantern clock by edward norris of london, having a victorian fusee movement.

A very attractive Chamber clock by this very good maker.

Stock No:   14271

The substantial, five pillar, eight day duration, double chain fusee movement with Anchor Recoil escapement and rack, quarter striking on the two top bells. Also, rack striking the hours with fine resonance on the largest bell. The present movement is circa 1880 and fills the case.

Contained in the larger than usual, original case with 'dolphin-over-arches' frets, elaborated bell spider, five matching finials and ball feet. These, the doors, dial and pillars are believed to be original. The dial plate having corner engraving, beautiful central tulip engraving with the upper section bearing the maker's signature "Edward Norris, at the (showing a diagram of two crossed keys) in Cateaton Streete, (London) fecit". The chapter ring having Roman numerals, inner quarter ring and wheat plant half hour marking. This is an accurate clock and aesthetically pleasing, the bells sit beautifully about the frets.

* 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** This example is collectable because it is by an eminent maker, it was originally made over 340 years ago  (King Charles II period). The elaborate frets give it that little bit extra in appearance as does the larger dimensions. 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.

*** Edward Norris was an eminent and important early Clockmaker with a good pedigree, Brian Loomes writes that he was apprenticed 1650 to William Selwood, completing his training under Thomas Loomes as part of the Fromanteel concern, he worked independently from 1660 and married the daughter of the older Selwood apprentice, Thomas Knifton, whose trading symbol he even took as his own. Knifton’s premises were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and he died soon after at Norris’s home. Norris became Master of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1687 and he died in 1707.

Dimensions:                   16 1/4" high x 6" wide x 6" deep with a 6 5/8" diameter chapter ring.

Circa:                              1670.

Condition:                        Excellent.

Price:                               £5,250.00 (this includes cost of meticulous overhaul to the movement).

Lantern clock by Edward Norris of London.
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