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Wall clock
    • Setting:
      Interactive Rooms
    • Maker:
    • Date:
      first half of the 17th cent.
    • Inventory:
    • Place:
      Central Italy
    • Wall clock (inv. 3596)

The dial of this clock displays twelve hours and markings for the quarter-hours. The fret-worked hand is original and precision-made. The movement has a square base and is housed in a cage with small pillars topped by finials. The going train and chime train are driven by weights with ropes. The chime train has a regulator with a six-stroke repeating chime, possibly original. There are also a small flywheel with four precision-made, engraved, and gilded profiled blades, and a star wheel for the release, carrying twelve pairs of triangular spokes. The hammer axle is missing. Converted into a pendulum clock toward the late seventeenth century and further altered in the second half of the eighteenth century. Despite the changes, the piece was clearly of above-average quality.

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