What could this have been????

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  1. P.Hageman

    P.Hageman Registered User

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    Interesting little item, face square is only 15 cm and has strike and alarm as well. It has been converted with an arch but original only a very small square dial. No signs of ever having had side-doors, nor pinnacles and backplate. Not ever has spikes and a hanging loop. The lantern clkock type movement is very nicely made with well cut wheels and the dial is signed D.Robinson London. It all looks quite early as far as I can see. Thee case has been made much later when the arch was attached to the dial. But what could this have been originally:???: Seems to small for a longcase movement, but does not look like a lantern as well:???:?

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  2. novicetimekeeper

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    It could have been a hooded alarm originally, plenty of longcase clocks have round posts. It is the right size for a hooded alarm.

    Gretton made a thirty hour with round posts. I'm not sure how useful that hand is if you are supposed to read through the aperture. I think it has been at least partially rebuilt too, but now you have it perhaps you can get a better look at the collets.

    Small alarms are always sold at a premium, so whatever it is well done.
     
  3. Uhralt

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    I just wonder where you find all these fascinating clocks!

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    I think Nick's suggestion of a hooded wall clock is the most likely answer and as he says the dial is the right sort of size but they can be even smaller. Single handed ones were made though the hand on this one looks a tad suspect. There is a Daniel Robinson listed in London, apprenticed 1681-circa 1710.
     
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    That sounds about right date wise, when Peter asked me about it before I could not find that one. I think there has been some rebuilding but even with that it is a good find.
     
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    Nick , the collets are the early domed type consistent with the date I think this clock was made. I dont know what you mean by partially rebuild. After close examination I think dial and movement have not been altered. Except for the arch.The single hand is old but I think not original to this clock. Just as Jim also mentioned. I thought this clock was made late 17th century/ early 18th century so 1681 - 1710 fits (thanks Jim).
     
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    The only one I could see was the alarm crownwheel, which isn't shallow dome, and I wasn't sure about the hammer stop, so I wondered what had been done to it. It is an excellent find and some alteration is to be expected.
     

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