A South-Netherlandish spring-driven tabernacle clock (Türmchenuhr), stamped Brussel and the maker’s mark C, c. 1560. The domed case is made of brass and fire-gilt and is richly engraved in scroll motifs. There are winding holes on either side with engraved letters for their functions R (réveil) for the alarm, S (sonnerie) for the striking train and L for the going train. The dome is pierced to enhance the sound of the bell and is surmounted by a carrying handle. There are four finials on the corners. The silver dial at the front has a Roman chapter ring with touch pieces around an engraved centre. The silver hand forms an integral part of the alarm disc, which its turn has a gilt brass hand to set the alarm tine on an Arabic ring. The iron and gilt brass movement is constructed between vertical bars. The going train has a vertical verge escapement with balance and a gut fusee. The striking train is controlled by a count wheel and indicates the hours on a bell under the dome. The clock can be placed in its original leather-covered travelling case for transport purposes. It has a round window at the front so that the dial remains visible. • Height: 18 cm.
The Horological Foundation Desk Diary Project.
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