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Brian & Joy Loomes

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Pateley Bridge, Harrogate
North Yorkshire HG3 5HW
England

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Collecting

Collecting Antique Clocks A Beginner's Guide to Lantern Clocks

4. Lantern clocks converted to spring-driven mantel clocks.

These are a quite different category where only the external shell or cage survives and the entire original movement was replaced, usually in the late 19th century, by a completely new spring-driven mantel clock movement, exactly the same as in a new bracket clock of the day. This made such clocks into eight-day duration with two hands. The feeling at the time was that this action preserved the outward antiquity but gave the clock internally a modern clockwork motor. These clocks are a quite separate category and are dealt with elsewhere. These spring-driven conversions used to be despised (fifty years ago), but in recent years have found a serious revival of interest amongst collectors. It is increasingly realised that the work of some of the rarer lantern clock makers survives only in the form of spring conversions, without which their work would be totally unknown, and we would know nothing about them but their names. So ironically what was once thought of as their destruction has in fact proved their only historical survival.

This illustrated article is divided into several sections: click on each link to navigate through it.

Introduction
Balance wheel clocks - made between roughly 1610 to 1660 (and a bit later).
Balance wheel clocks were all converted anciently, almost always to long pendulum (anchor escapement) but just occasionally to short pendulum (verge). Some were re-converted later still back to balance.
'Bob' pendulum lantern clocks - made between about 1660 and 1680, and sometimes later.
Bob pendulum clocks (verge) were mostly converted to long pendulum (anchor escapement). Some were re-converted later back to verge. A few retain their 'original verge' escapement.
Long pendulum lantern clocks with anchor escapement, from about 1680 to about 1780.
Long pendulum (anchor) clocks always keep their original escapement (except where converted to spring-driven clock, which are a quite separate category).
Lantern clocks converted to spring-driven mantel clocks.

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