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Gothic Iron Clock: M.25-1938

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Gothic Iron Clock


Clockmaker: Unknown (Probably)




Iron clock with weight driven movement of fifteen hour duration and striking hours and quarters

Dial. Ogee arched-top dial plate with pierced tracery centre and chapter ring between two bands of simple Greek fret. The white painted chapter ring (now discoloured) with Roman numerals I-XII, and simple half hour markings in black. Pierced and shaped gilt single iron hand which may be of later date. In the arch, a circular aperture with a rotating disc behind to show the phases of the moon. At the base of the arch are two small raised shields with indistinct quarterings. Movement. Weight driven movement, of fifteen hour duration, and striking hours and quarters. The whole clock made of iron. The going train controlled by a verge escapement and foliot balance with moveable square weights for adjusting the timekeeping. The quarter striking train in the middle of the frame, with a vertical hammer arbor and strikes on the larger bell. Release of the striking is controlled by a nag's head lifting piece, so no warning action occurs. Spare holes in the bottom bars of the frame have been made later to increase the duration between winding by suspending the weights on pulleys and looping up the ends of the cords. The frame has typical Gothic decoration in the iron work and, as is normal with these clocks, there is no provision for enclosing the movement. There has been qjite a lot of repainting of the clock


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by W.E. Miller

Measurements and weight

Depth: 20.4 cm
Height: 53.3 cm
Width: 16.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1938) by Miller, W. E.


16th Century, first half#
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


Probably German, but the clock bears some resemblance to the Swiss Liechti clocks of the sixteenth century

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Accession number: M.25-1938
Primary reference Number: 131082
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 May 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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