A very rare centre verge lantern clock by Baldwin Potter, De Stockport (Manchester) C1680.
The strapped bell over urn finials on tapering Doric columns to ball feet, with three pierced frets, the side doors with slots cut to allow for the pendulum arc, the silvered Roman dial with fleur – de – lys half hour markers framing the signed centre with foliate engraving emanating from V1, with single hand, the movement with verge escapement with short pendulum mounted centrally between the going and striking trains, the latter with countwheel acting on the bell above, the top plate with hoop, a pair of iron spurs set into the rear feet.
The earliest known clock made in Stockport. The only known domestic clock made by Baldwin Potter and the only known lantern clock made in the town. The only known lantern clock by a clockmaker who worked in Ireland. This clock and its maker are discussed in an article by Brian Loomes in Clocks magazine March 2018.
Height: 40 cms (16ins)