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Volume 43, Issue 4 December 2022

The front cover shows the serpent-head figure on the Lavra Monastery tower clock, one of the five tower clocks on the Athos peninsula in Greece, which are presented in the first article in this issue. Photo Spiridion Azzopardi.

This issue contains the following articles:

‘The Athos clock strike locking system Part 2: The five tower clocks found to be fitted with the system’
by Spiridion Azzopardi (pages 463–479)

‘Jonathan Paine: ‘Inventor of the illuminating dials’ Part 2 – ‘there is a great deal of screeching and squalling in the neighbourhood’
by James Nye (pages 480–494)
Summary: In the first part of this article, we focussed on Paine’s contribution towards the widespread adoption of illuminated public clock dials. This second part will cover other development work in turret clocks, and the details of his house style. It also explores the family history, and uncovers more of the wild world of nineteenth-century Bloomsbury, before reaching some conclusions and discussing Paine’s legacy.

‘Henry Sully, RÈGLE ARTIFICIELLE DU TEM(P)S – 1714 Vienna, 1717 and 1737 Paris’
by Robert St-Louis (pages 495–508)
Summary: In 1714, while living in Vienna, London-trained English clockmaker Henry Sully wrote and published the most influential horological book, in French, of the early eighteenth century. This article compares and discusses the different editions of this ground-breaking book, and provides translations of original texts by the author. Other written works by Sully, actual and planned, are also briefly described.

‘The Savage family legacy’
by Andrew Blagg (pages 509–520)
Summary: The article ‘Unravelling the history of George Savage’, published in the September 2021 issue of Antiquarian Horology, suggested that conflicting dates and locations in George Savage’s horological history were most likely caused by confusing different people in generations of the same family named George. This follow-up article examines the innovations in watch design attributed to George (II), (III) and family. Although links between individual family members and credits are mentioned, the main goal is to explore the work of an innovative family business, especially their important part in lever escapement development

‘Prototype lantern clocks. Part 1: The inspiration for the first lantern clocks and the Harvey workshop’
by John A. Robey (pages 521–529)
Summary: For many years it has been surmised that there must have been experimental and prototype clocks made before the earliest-known lantern clock appeared in its fully developed form shortly after 1604. The recent discovery of an early prototype, a slightly later fragment and a much altered dial-less clock has enabled the evolution of the first English domestic clocks to be reevaluated. Part 1 considers the background, the development of the lantern clock based on Flemish examples, and the first English makers of these clocks. Part 2 discusses in detail the newly discovered clocks, especially their unusual technical and constructional features, that enable the chronology of these experimental clocks to be established.

‘Making a luxury clock in late eighteenth-century Paris’
by Anthony Turner (pages 530–534)
Summary: A clock sold at auction in 2020, made in the later 1780s, was the product of four leading craftsmen: founder Jean-Baptiste Osmond, clockmaker Jean-Antoine Lépine, enameller Joseph Coteau and cabinet-maker Balthazar Lieutaud. (Read this article here)

‘Thomas Tompion 271. A case and movement reunited after more than 200 years apart’
by Richard Newton (pages 535–540)
Summary: Following their recent appearance on the market, it has been possible to reunite the movement of Tompion 271, an example of the smallest and rarest variant of Tompion’s phase II table clocks, with its original case.

‘Some aircraft clocks’
by Terence Camerer Cuss (pages 541–544)
Summary: The elapsed time clock, introduced in 1952, helped pilots with the landing process and contributed to airport safety. Another step towards overall safety was the introduction of aircraft flight recorder systems which were made mandatory in 1965. All the information collated by the recorder was set against a time signal produced by the pilot’s clock. Camerer Cuss & Co participated in both these developments.

Museum profile: ‘The Irish Museum of Time, Waterford, Ireland’
by David Boles (pages 545–553)
Summary: The Irish Museum of Time opened in Waterford on 14 June 2021 and is Ireland’s National Horological Museum. Waterford is located in the ‘sunny southeast’ of Ireland, just two hours by motorway or train from Dublin, and is Ireland’s oldest city.

‘Unfreezing Time #12’ by Patricia Fara (pages 258-259) (Read the whole series of articles here)

The issue totals 144 pages and is illustrated mainly in colour, and is completed by the regular sections Horological News, AHS News, Notes from the Librarian, Letters and Further Reading.