Thomas Wheeler ‘Neare Ye French Church’ C.1670.

LONDON

Ref No 711
 
A good early balance wheel lantern clock by Thomas Wheeler “Neare Ye French Church London” C.1670.

Price: £8,750.00

The frame has a hook & spikes, a beautifully engraved dial with original hand, a 1” chapter ring and alarm setting disc and engraved dolphin frets, the front one being fully signed.

The 12-hour duration movement has a balance wheel verge escapement, a countwheel operated hour strike on a bell and an alarm set on the backplate (not connected). The movement has good metal and wheelwork with tapered arbors.

Thomas Wheeler a celebrated early maker was apprenticed to Nicholas Coxeter in 1648, was a member of the clockmakers company from 1656 – 94. Extensive literature and illustrations of his work can be seen in “ Lantern Clocks” by Brian Loomes and “ English Lantern Clocks” by George White.

Height: 15 1/2″ (39cms)

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