John Wise (1624-c.1692): Miniature Late 17th-century Alarm Timepiece

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John Wise (1624-c.1692): Miniature Late 17th-century Alarm Timepiece

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PRESENTLY BEING RESTORED

John Wise of Banbury, Oxford, was a cousin to Joseph Knibb. He was apprenticed to Peter Closon in London and worked there 1646-1653, then Warwick 1653-1658, then back to London in c. 1670 until he died.  Of particular note is his use of one-piece integral pillars, feet, and finials.  Knibb’s were almost always to that mechanical arrangement too.  

Miniature lanterns were largely unknown until the late 17th century.  The frets and attaching screws look to be original.   We will touch up the bell stand end pins and re-silver the chapter which will make this clock a delightful appearing gem. It appears to never have hung on the wall and there is an accompanying bracket.

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