What are lantern clocks?

A very unique style clock is a lantern clock. The name is most likely derived from the shape as it is shaped like a lantern. The distinct look consists of 4 pillars in the corners standing on short feet. This construction combined with the single finial holding the top bell give antique lantern clocks their distinct look. The mechanics of the clocks changed halfway through the 17th century with the invention of the pendulum.

Although many believe the name of the lantern clock is derived from its shape, there is another theory as well. The reasoning behind this is that the material these clocks were made off is the reason they are called this way as Latten is loosely referred to the materials many lantern clocks were made of. These clocks became popular around the 17th century up to the 19th century and were mainly popular in the France, England and Italy.

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