The sale of Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments conducted by Dreweatts at Donnington Priory on September 4 will include this well-documented William and Mary brass lantern clock by Thomas Veale of Chew Magna.
Standing 16in (40cm) high in a 'Bristol'
type frame, it is powered by a posted countwheel bell-striking
movement with verge escapement and a short bob pendulum.
Six lantern clocks by Veale are documented,
all utilising frame castings that were favoured by the Chew Valley
school of clockmakers. Most are dated, with this one engraved
An unusual insight into clock ownership during the 17th century
is the inscription to the dial centre that reads: Clean'd
Feb.19, '3, '94 indicating that it was common practice at
this time to send a clock back to the maker for cleaning on an