This rare miniature (11inch tall) lantern clock with strike and alarmwork, was made about 1700 by William Tomlinson of London. It has its original verge escapement, has probably not been cleaned for a century, is complete and working but needs a service and is pictured unrestored in untouched condition.
He was a Quaker, being born about 1673, the son of Thomas Tomlinson of Crosmoore, Lancashire, yeoman and was made a Free Brother in the Clockmakers' Company in July 1699. He was living at Miles Lane when he attended a Quaker meeting in October 1699 proposing marriage to Mary Cheney of Spitalfields, to whom he was married on the 14th November 1699, then said to be of Burchin Lane. His second marriage was in 1721 to Mary Lloyd, widow of Samuel Lloyd, late of Aldersgate Street, grocer, deceased, at which time he was described as of White Hart Court, Gracechurch Street. He worked till 1747 at the Dial and Three Crowns in Birchin Lane near the Royal Exchange, and later at the Dial and Three Crowns in White Hart Court, Gracechurch Street. In 1748 he worked as a Finisher at Stoke Newington. Longcase clocks, lantern and bracket clocks, and watches are known by him. He died on the 30th March 1750 aged about 77, being buried in Bunhill Fields on the 8th April 1750.