Monday, January 23, 2006

Lancet Clock

A good friend of mine sent me a priceless hand made present, a Lancet Clock in Mahogany. Yew inlay and boxwood stringing, mechanical movement.

A lancet clock is a type of bracket clock with a case shaped like a Gothic Arch. It was encountered during the first decade of the 19th century in England and continued into the reign of Queen Victoria. It is typical of other domestic furnishings of the late Gothic Revival and often included the decoration mahogany or rosewood veneered case with inlaid classical ornament and stringing in brass.

The title of these clocks "Lancet" is derived from their similarity to the shape of a lancet window (a slender pointed window, much used in the 13th century) or a lancet sword has a curved pointed double-edged blade.

lancet.jpg (image/jpeg) 30kbFrom 1800 onwards Brass Inlay, common to all styles of Regency period (1800 - 1830) furniture was widely used on clocks, making an excellent contrast to the rich colour of the mahogany or rosewood.

Lancet clock cases usually have two handles one on either side of the case, often lions head drop ring pattern. The dial size range is similar to broken arch bracket clocks.

Price £495.00 ++

The Lancet Arch is defined as a pointed arch of tall narrow shape with radii much larger than the span of the arch (the width of the straight part). An obtuse arch is where the arch radius is less than the arch width, which reduces height of the arch making it less pointy.

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British Horological InstituteReferences: British Horological Institute,

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