Antique Tavern Clocks

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First made in the second quarter of the eighteenth century, Tavern Clocks, as the name would suggest, were hung in taverns and coaching inns across England. They are often mistakenly referred to as ‘Act of Parliament’ clocks, due to the false story attached to them that they were made in response to a clock tax introduced in 1797 by Prime Minister William Pitt. The vast majority of tavern clocks in fact predated the infamous tax on clocks by at least 30 years. With dials ranging from two to five feet in diameter, these clocks were made and designed to be hung high up on a wall and seen by large crowds of people that filled the taverns. The clock faces therefore needed quite simple plain designs which were clearly legible. Tavern clocks mostly had highly decorated gilt Chinoiserie cases which brought beauty and splendour to these otherwise understated clocks. Howard Walwyn Fine Antique Clocks have a number of these ornately decorated lacquer tavern clocks available which would make a highly decorative and historical addition to any wall space.

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