A fine Commonwealth period lantern clock by this leading London maker. It has the classic features of a Second Period Lothbury clock: the tulip engraved dial centre with the maker’s full signature, the narrow chapter ring with wheatear half-hour markers, the high quality separately cast finials, pillars and feet and the typical finely wrought blued steel hand. The short duration movement has had its balance wheel and alarm work sympathetically reinstated.
Date: circa 1655 - 1658.
*Thomas Loomes was a fascinating character who led quite a turbulent life. He was apprenticed to John Selwood and became free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1649. He took over the Selwood family’s premises at the Mermaid in Lothbury, ‘near Bartholomew Lane End’ after William Selwood’s death in 1653. In April 1654 Loomes married Mary Fromanteel, the daughter of the great clockmaker Ahasuerus Fromanteel. Both Fromanteel and Loomes were supporters of Oliver Cromwell and Loomes served as a Lieutenant in the Cromwellian army for a time. After the Restoration of Charles II he was arrested on more than one occasion for hoarding weapons and harbouring former Parliamentary officers. He died in 1664 most probably of the plague.