Square Dial Lantern, c1690s
A late 17th Century 8.5-inch square dial lantern clock signed with the initials J.B. This is probably the work of either James Barton or John Barton, both of Ormskirk who were working from the late seventeenth century. This clock has many typical features that are found on other lantern clocks from the Lancashire region during this period. The iron hoop is V-shaped instead of a U. It has two separate ropes, and the hammer is situated on the right-hand side. The back-cock, which supports the anchor arbour is an upside-down heart shape. The pillars and feet finials are integral, with the feet being ‘teardrop’ shaped. The dial centre is based on a massive, centrally positioned tulip with symmetrical leaves and flowers. The chapter ring is riveted to the dial sheet at four points. The clock is also similar in size to other known Ormskirk lantern clocks, in that the base of the foot to the top of the finials are only 9.25 inches, and the plates from side to side are only 5 inches.
Above. Showing a late 17th Century 8.5-inch square dial lantern clock signed with the initials J.B.Photographed by Lee Borrett.
Above. Showing a close-up of the beautifully engraved J.B dial centre with tulip flower. Original iron hand. Photographed by Lee Borrett.
Above. Showing a side view of the very original J.B movement. Photographed by Lee Borrett.
Below. Showing a close-up view of the top plate. Photographed by Lee Borrett.
Below. Showing a side view of the J.B lantern complete with its original side doors, iron hoop and spurs. Photographed by Lee Borrett.
Below. Showing a rear view of the J.B square dial lantern clock.Photographed by Lee Borrett.
This clock is in a remarkably original and untouched condition. Genuine square dial lanterns are quite hard to come by because they are thought to have only been made for a short period of time – which was right at the end of the 17th century, during a transitional period between lantern and longcase.