Lantern clocks

Brian Loomes Antique Clocks

Brian & Joy Loomes

Pateley Bridge
England

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We have a large archive of sold clocks, and almost 150 articles by Brian Loomes on clock collecting, clockmakers and clock care and identification. For more information, please click the links on the right.

Winners of the 2001 BACA award for excellence under the category of specialist clock dealers, judged on 1. quality of service, 2. consistent quality of stock, 3. depth of knowledge.

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Help with our research

Can you help with our research into lantern clocks?

Together with the best three experts in the world I am working constantly on the very oldest English-made lantern clocks. Those made before about 1630 number less than 50, those made before 1620 maybe 20, those made before 1600 perhaps 2 or 3, and these have only been recognised for what they are in the last year or so. We are making tremendous and ground- breaking progress into how you can recognise the age of such clocks and who made them. We are re-writing the history of clocks, but we need help.

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Most lantern clocks have movements held between square top and bottom plates. With a few very early ones the plates protrude at each corner by about a quarter of an inch to make the pillars stand more proud than is the case with square-plate versions. It is these with protruding corners that I especially want to hear about.

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If you have one you think might be of this sort of age, please drop me a note through my contact box. I will then send you my email address so that you can forward images and anything you may know about the history of the clock if you wish.

Even if much altered, damaged, broken, signed or unsigned, I still want to hear. Anything you tell me will be held in strict confidence. The results of our researches will be published in due course, on this website and elsewhere. I ask friends, old and new, please help. Who knows, your clock may be one of the oldest ever made. I am sure you would like to know.


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