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wall clock

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  • Description

    Minature wall clock.

    Silvered dial, the chapter ring with Roman hours I-XII and half-hour marks around an inner circle divided to quarter hours.
    Later single blued-steel; hand.

    Above the chapter ring a silvered brass panel pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls and birds flanking a mask surmounted by a royal crown.

    Weight-driven movement with verge escapement enclosed in a brass box with two holes at the bottom for the weight lines. A hoop and two spikes at the back for wall mounting. Opening doors at the sides.

    Pendulum suspended from a long bracket at the front above the chapter ring.


  • Date

    • 1700-1725
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.85 centimetres
    • Width: 7.8 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5.3 centimetres (including pendulum cock and back hoop)
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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Object reference number: MCC3808

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