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A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.

An  exceptionally rare chamber clock.

Stock No:   14413

Though incomplete and in very worn condition it is the rarity of this example that is important. It is one of probably only three in existence made by Raynes during his latter 'York period'.

Originally made with a 'between the trains' internal, verge pendulum it was converted very early on in its life to 'Anchor Recoil' escapement with a rear mounted pendulum The iron back cock is typically northern.

This clock is absolutely typical of this maker, place and period even down to the 'angry dolphins' engraved on the fret! Clearly, the engraving was carried by the same hand as were other clocks made by other makers suggesting that they all used the same engraver. Though incomplete and not in working order, the patina and appearance of this clock is very pleasing and tactile - many hands have touched and felt it over the years and there is a distinct lack of dust to prove this; it is incredibly smooth to the touch.

* William Raynes was born in 1638 and served his apprenticeship in London, it seems that he followed his brother to York and came from a well-to-do family. Sadly he died in 1694 after falling from his horse. There is much written about him, his life and his family by the renowned clock researcher, Brian Loomes and one only has to enter "William Raynes Lantern clock" into google and all the information is there in pdf format from two articles that appeared in 'Clocks' magazine.

Dimensions:              Chapter ring; 6 3/16" in diameter with a 4" centre. The original total height would have
                                  been 15 1/4" and the frame is 6" x 6".

Circa:                        1680.

Condition:                  Unrestored. The rear plate, doors, side frets, rope, weights and pendulum are missing.
                                  The front right finial and corresponding bell strap arm and the top part of the bell finial
                                  are broken and missing. All the remainder is original except of course, the escapement.

Price:                         £5,250 in present condition. The cost of restoration can be advised upon enquiry.

A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
  • A very rare, Northern Lantern clock by William Raynes of York. Circa 1680.
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