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The Thomas Veale lantern clock.

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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 TV [16]92.

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 annual basis.