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lantern clock by John Fraser of Worcester lantern clock by John Fraser of Worcester

John Fraser (sometimes Frazer or Frasor) was one of the earliest clockmakers to work in the city of Worcester and the earliest one by whom any work is known to survive. He has been described as 'probably the finest of Worcestershire's clockmakers'. He was born in London in 1667, and apprenticed there in 1681 to 1688 to Edward Eyston of the Clockmakers' Company, but never took up his freedom there. He set up in business in Worcester shortly after 1688 and worked till about 1700. This present lantern clock is signed 'John Frasser Worcester'. One other lantern clock is recorded by this maker, signed 'John Frazor Worcester'. At least one bracket clock and one longcase clock are known.

This clock was made as a verge pendulum probably before 1690 and converted early in its life to anchor escapement. It appears to be original throughout with the exception of the side doors and frets, which are ancient but probably replacements. The original hanging hoop is present but the spikes are missing. The original top finial is probably broken short. Height 13 1/2 inches. SOLD.

Extract from my book 'Lantern Clocks and their Makers', in which this clock is illustrated

Fraser, John. Worcester. Sometimes Frazer or Frasor or Frazor, even Frasser. He was born in 1667 in the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, London, and apprenticed in 1681 in the in Clockmakers' Company in London to Edward Eyston till 1688, but not freed. He worked at Worcester from about 1688 to about 1700. One of this name died there in 1693, which might be him; another in 1733. A lantern clock is known signed 'John Frazor Worcester', and another with anchor escapement signed 'John Frasser Worcester'. Other types of clock are known signed 'J. Frazer of Worcester'.

John Fraser worked in Worcester from the late 1680s till about 1700, having been trained in London, the influence of which can be seen in his composite pillars and tulip-engraved dial centre more or less in London post war style. The absence of alarmwork on this clock means the engraver had a larger area into which he could spread his engraved design, which makes for a more impressive centre. The design clearly includes parrot tulips. His name is spelled in varying ways, including Fraser, Frazer, Frazor and Frasser, implying he did not do his own engraving.

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