Edwardian Double Fusee Lantern Clock
Edwardian Lantern Clock Attributed To Thwaites and Reed
Traditional brass case with one piece turned corner posts terminating with integral tall vase finials and domed brass bell bearer surmounted by a tall brass vase finial supporting a large silvered bell and resting on ball feet.
Raised, silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals, original ‘blued’ steel hands and profusely engraved floral dial centre spuriously signed for Edward East.
Fine quality eight day double chain fusee movement with substantial plates, screwed pillars and rack striking the hours. C.
A limited number of commemorative Lantern clocks were produced by Thwaites and Reed to celebrate the lives and skill of three of the most famous clockmakers. Thomas Tompion, Joseph Knibb and Edward East. Very few were made and this one bears the signature of Edward East. All three made early Lantern clocks so these very fine quality examples are a fitting tribute to those early makers.
Edward East was born in Southill (Bedfordshire) in 1602. He was apprenticed to Richard Rogers of the Goldsmiths Company, London in 1618, he went on to work as a master clockmaker first from Fleet Street, London and later in Pall Mall. He was a founder member of the clockmakers company in 1631. He went on to become a celebrated clock and watchmaker of his time, becoming clockmaker to both King Charles I and Charles II in 1660. He also held the role of master in the clockmakers company first in 1645 and again in 1652. He made exquisite watches as well as clocks, many were made specially for Charles I which he presented as gifts.