House clock by Thomas Knifton at the Cross Keys, Lothbury, c. 1650

Image number: 1951-30

House clock by Thomas Knifton at the Cross Keys, Lothbury, c. 1650

The lantern or ‘birdcage’ clock was the earliest type of clock to be made in any numbers in England. This one, made in about 1650 by Thomas Knifton at the Cross Keys, Lothbury, has a verge escapement and still has the original wheel balance.

Source: Purchased

Image number:
1951-30
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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