Antique Lantern Clocks

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Lantern clocks are the earliest form of domestic clock in England. They take their name either from the shape of their case which resembles a period Dutch lantern or from the fact that they are made of brass or latten. Up until the Victorian period they were driven by weights. The first lantern clocks were made in London in the early 17th century, but they continued to be made at least in the provinces until the middle of the 18th century. There are even later London-made examples produced for the Near and Middle Eastern markets – these being clearly identifiable by their Turkish numerals. Lantern clocks developed from the larger iron chamber clocks made on the Continent; in fact, some early lantern clock cases were still as much as 12-inches high, although later there were miniature travelling examples with alarms and wood travelling boxes.

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