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Bracket clock

Bracket clock

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1540-1560 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron and mahogany

  • Museum number:

    M.7:1 to 3-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Case: Of wrought iron throughout, with posted frame and wedged fastenings. Lantern shaped with open sides with a crowned top enclosing a double alarm originally struck by two knights on horseback.

Dial: The dial is missing

Movement: Angled corner-posts with Gothic mouldings; the bell straps similar. Two bells mounted one above the other, the top finial missing. Three trains end-to-end, with going train in front, quarter-chiming in centre and striking train behind. The going train formerly with foliot or wheel balance, but now with horizontal crown-wheel, the verge and pendulum and outer bearing for pallet arbor all missing. Formerly with both hour and minute hands (i.e. hand making one revolution per hour) and with moon-phase dial above chapter ring: these are all now missing. Quarter-chiming, with locking-plate, the bell-hammer striking the upper-bell. Locking-plate striking with outside locking-plate at rear of frame, with internal teeth for drive. A jack in the form of a mounted horseman in armour strikes the hour on the lower bell, at the left side: the corresponding jack at the right is missing. All three weight pulleys with ratchets.

Stand: square mahogany stand with four fluted columns supporting a revolving platform on a central column surrounded by eight balusters.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1540-1560 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron and mahogany


:, Height: 15 7/8 in, Width: 8 3/4 in, Depth: 7 in

Object history note

Given by Mr W E Miller

Descriptive line

Wrought iron bracket clock with stand. Germany, c. 1540-60.








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