Museo Galileo
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Mantel clock
    • Setting:
      Room XVIII
    • Maker:
    • Place:
      Central Italy
    • Date:
      early 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      wood, glass, brass
    • Dimensions:
      185x110x290 mm; dial 100x950 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Mantel clock (Inv. 3584)

This mantel clock is housed in a dark-varnished wooden case with glass doors. There is a dial displaying the hours from I to XII, a minute ring with Arabic numerals and, at the center, a small disk for setting the alarm. The hour hand is missing. The going train is driven by a spring with barrel and fusee. There is a verge escapement with a contrate wheel and a small pendulum integral with the latter. The alarm, driven by a spring and contrate wheel, activates the two-headed hammer that strikes the bell from inside above the movement. The case style resembles that of certain English models usually known as bracket clocks, and the clock's ease of use made it quite practical for domestic purposes.