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Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.

An extremely rare English Chamber clock that is new to the market.

Stock No:   14303

A first period Lantern clock with 'potato face' feature to the dial dating from 1630 - 1635. It has half hour passing strike with a second hammer which is extremely rare if not unique on a pre-English Civil war clock. It can be firmly attributed to Peter Closon and is one of the very few 'First period' lantern clocks by this maker. Also, as far as can be established, it is one of the earliest clocks made by Closon to come on the market for many years and was purchased by us in France.

Loomes writes that of the forty six original subscribers who contributed monies towards the cost of the 'Charter of Incorporation' of the Clockmaker's Company, only two actually made clocks in any quantity; these two were William Bowyer and Peter Closon. At first glance this dial has many features of clocks by William Bowyer but the arrangement of the hammer between two separate carriers as with the Closon clock illustrated in George White's book, figure II/153 and the slightly later clock by Closon in the British Museum (Ex. Ilbert collection CAI.2145), is unique and proof that it was made by him.

There is no evidence that either of these other two clocks were ever intended to have half hour striking (a feature for continental customers) and Loomes states that Closon was of European extraction, possibly French. As such he would have been well placed to take part in the explosion of trade which started in 1630 as England reduced its exposure to the Thirty Years war. At this time King Charles I was married to Henrietta of France which would have given a boost to trade between the two nations. As previously stated, this clock was discovered by us in France and has a conversion to a Verge escapement of the French style. Furthermore, several clocks by Closon's apprentice, Richard Aymes have half hour striking and have been located in France.

The evidence seems overwhelming that this clock is by Peter Closon and is an extremely interesting if not unique, first period example by this highly sought after maker. Though many parts are missing such as the bell, frets, spider, alarum work and doors etc. these can be re-instated by us using period original parts if so desired and without altering any parts remaining. The price is strictly for the clock in its present condition.

Dimensions:                    6 1/8" wide chapter ring that is 7/8" wide. Frame size 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" x 6 5/8" high.

Condition:                        Extremely good and of very robust construction.

Circa:                               1630 - 1635.

Price:                                Price upon application

Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
  • Rare and important, first period lantern clock attributed to Peter Closon. Circa 1635.
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