Miniature travelling clock by Thomas Tompion
London, England, around AD 1700
This miniature travelling clock is one of Thomas Tompion's more unusual and complicated pieces, and is the smallest and most complicated that he is known to have made. In addition to telling the time, the clock has grande-sonnerie striking, in which the hour and quarter are struck at every quarter; a pull-quarter repeat system, where the last striking can be heard by pulling a cord, and an alarm. Tompion's ingenious use of space is demonstrated by the fact that the mainspring for the striking and repeating mechanisms is situated within the bell.
has a duration of eight days. While it now has a nineteenth-century
The clock is housed in a beautifully-made silver and gilt-brass case with finely cast and chased ornament. It is signed 'THO. TOMPION LONDON' on a label at the top of the dial.