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WILLIAM ALLAM. A fine miniature lantern timepiece with alarm.

WILLIAM ALLAM. A fine miniature lantern timepiece with alarm. WILLIAM ALLAM. A fine miniature lantern timepiece with alarm. WILLIAM ALLAM. A fine miniature lantern timepiece with alarm.
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WILLIAM ALLAM. A fine miniature lantern timepiece with alarm.

Date
circa 1750
Origin
London

A fine miniature lantern timepiece with alarm and retaining its original oak travelling case with two dome topped brass weights.

The 3 ½ inch arched brass dial has a raised Roman silvered brass chapter ring, central alarm disc with Arabic numerals and a subsidiary dial in the arch for the maker’s signature: Willm Allam, London. The dial corners are exquisitely engraved with foliate decoration in place of the more usual applied raised corner spandrels. The dial centre is matted and it retains its original finely wrought blued steel single hand.

The short duration plated movement retains its original crownwheel verge escapement and alarm train.

Remarkably the clock has survived with its original bespoke oak and cloth lined travelling case and is illustrated on page 353 of Brian Loomes’ book Lantern Clocks and Their Makers.

Height of dial plate: 5 in (12.5 cm)

* William Allam was working in Bond Street, London in the mid to late 18th century. He was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1743 to 1785.

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