Among the period rooms in the Museum’s American Wing is a room from a house built about 1695–1700 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for the wealthy merchant and lieutenant governor of the colony, John Wentworth. The stately room is furnished with a combination of American-made and imported English furniture in the William and Mary or early Baroque style. On the wall hangs a brass English lantern clock (ca. 1685) of a type only the wealthiest colonists could afford. Shaped like a lantern, such clocks have dome-shaped tops formed by a bell and circular engraved dials surmounted by an open fretwork crest. Another notable feature is that the clock’s driving weights hang in the open below the clockworks, rather than being hidden inside a tall wooden case of the type found on later “grandfather” or tall clocks. Our handsome watch is adapted from the face of the original English lantern clock.
Policarbonate transparent case with steel top ring. Silicone band. Quartz movement. Case: 1 3/4''W. Band: adjusts from 7 1/2''L to 9 1/4''L.