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EARLY IRON WALL CLOCK. A Gothic, probably South-Netherlandish, weight-driven wall clock, made in the 15th century. The case, entirely made of iron, consists of a posted frame with open sides, shaped corner pillars, embellished with typical ‘noses’ and ending in slender finials, shaped in the Gothic manner. The painted dial is predominantly green with a gilt painted Gothic chapter ring, forged steel hand and a large red alarm disc with twelve holes and a shaped iron peg for setting the alarm time. The eight-hour going iron movement is squarely positioned in relation to the dial and driven by two weights with counter weights. The going train has verge escapement with balance (reconverted) with a vertical crown wheel and two other wheels. The striking train is regulated by an internally cut countwheel fitted on the back cover plate and indicates the hour fully on a shaped bronze bell, fitted in a typical bell strap with ‘noses’ in the shape of horse heads. The weight-driven alarm is fitted on the outside of the back cover plate. • This clock shows great resemblance to the so-called Barentsz clock, now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which Willem Barentsz took along on his expedition to find a northern passage to India (1596). On his journey he had to spend the winter on Nova Zembla where he built a house (het Behouden Huys). Barentsz himself did not survive the homeward bound journey in an open boat the following year, but several members of his crew did. The clock was retrieved during archeological work at the end of the nineteenth century.

Dimensions: 45.5 x 20.5 x 18.5 cm.



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