This portable clock has a repeating mechanism allowing it to strike on the quarter hour and hour, a valuable feature in darkness. Except for special commissions, the cases of Tompion table clocks tended to be rather sober. Where ebony was used, the clockmaker relied on the pleasing effect of the plain black surface to contrast with the gold and silver of the dial and applied hardware (the vase-shaped finials were added by a later owner).
Artist: Clockmaker: Daniel Delander (British, 1678–1733)Date: probably ca. 1720Medium: Case: walnut, oak veneered with walnut and burl walnut; stained wooden moldings; and brass fittings; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.94On view in:Not on view
Artist: Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1700Medium: Case: walnut; oak veneered with walnut; and string inlays of holly and stained holly; Dial: partly gilded and partly silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 64.101.865On view in:Not on view
Artist: Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: 1682–83Medium: Outer case: leather with gold studs; inner case and dial: gold with blued-steel hands; movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, and silverAccession: 17.190.1489a, bOn view in:Not on view