An extremely rare dated William and Mary period lantern clock by this sought after and idiosyncratic Shropshire maker.
The well proportioned brass case has flower and foliate frets to the front and sides, elegant finials and ball feet. The engraved front fret is signed and dated for the original owners John and Susann Loe 1693
The dial is signed in the top half of the centre Rich Savage de Wenlock fecitt 1693 above the original alarm disc which is engraved with Arabic numerals and a Tudor Rose. The placing of the maker’s signature above the dial centre is a typical feature of clocks of the period as is the scrolling decoration of tulips and roses.
The clock comes complete with what is most probably its original turned wooden pulley and lead weight and counter weight.
*Richard Savage was born in 1663 at Much Wenlock and was married to Elizabeth Price in 1686. He was working in Wenlock Magna, as it was then known, until 1696 when he moved to Shrewsbury.
This is only the second lantern clock we have owned by Savage which was also signed and dated for a married couple. It also had the same design features as this rare untouched example.