John Aylward, Brentford: Late 17th-century Lantern Clock

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John Aylward, Brentford: Late 17th-century Lantern Clock

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This lantern clock has a verge escapement and a short bob pendulum.  Made between 1670 and 1683.

The frets on this example are noteworthy in comparing to the only others I can find of this deign, made by John Knibb of Oxford.

See:  Loomes, Brian. Lantern Clocks & Their Makers.  Mayfield Books, Page 228, Figure 13.66. Also, compare with the finials on a clock by WIlliam Allman, Page 73, Figure 6.46.

Aylward moved to Guildford and presented the Guildhall with its clock in 1683, pictured here. The story of the Guildhall clock is well known, although historians still debate its exact age. It is claimed that many years ago a clockmaker from London called John Aylward came to Guildford seeking permission to set up in business in the town. Either he could not afford to pay the local guild merchants the required fee, or was refused, so in return he made a clock and presented it to the town.

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