Lantern Clock

Joseph Hall of London, England, made this clock about 1680. It is a weight-driven style of domestic clock made entirely of metal and named after its shape, which roughly resembles a lantern. English emigrants from Bermuda purportedly brought the clock to Massachusetts around 1700.
At that time, a brass lantern clock or a tall case clock with a brass movement would have been among the most expensive items its owners possessed. More important as status symbols than as precise timekeepers, the clocks often had only an hour hand. Most people did not require to-the-minute accuracy.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1700
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall - clock: 10 in x 4 1/8 in x 5 in; 25.4 cm x 10.4775 cm x 12.7 cm
overall - pendulum: 2 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in x 3/8 in; 5.715 cm x 3.4925 cm x .9525 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
G. Norman Albree
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