March 23, 2019 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


William III Winged Lantern Clock by Abell Cottey

Crediton, Devon, England, probably 1695-1700, 6-1/4 in. dial with engraved brass chapter ring with Roman numerals, incised, amaranth decorated center and corners, single hour hand, 30 hour duration, crown-wheel escapement with weighted open link chain, anchor form pendulum running between plates, strike train with a large caged bell at top, the posted frame with boldly cast finials surmounted over columns, engraved front fret signed "Abell Cottey Crediton" (British/Philadelphia, 1655-1711), with plain side frets, doors with apertures for the pendulum, on ball feet, 15-1/2 x 11 x 6 in.; together with blue-green painted, old surface fretwork bracket, 23-3/4 x 16 x 7-1/2 in.


Abel Cottey (1655-1711) was a pioneer American clockmaker who sailed with William Penn aboard the "Welcome" to Philadelphia in 1682. The long pendulum clock was only invented in England in 1676, and Cottey was probably the first to apply that knowledge in Pennsylvania. William Penn himself was one of Cottey's customers, and he was the master of noted clockmaker Benjamin Chandlee (who later married Cottey’s daughter). After death, his inventory was witnessed by Peter Stretch of Philadelphia. This rare lantern clock was made by Cottey in the years prior to his departure from England to the New World. 


abrasions, probably original wing mounts with restorations (possibly replaced elements), break and repair at front left bell support, numerals with possible paint retouch; bracket with wear, abrasions, multiple layers of paint, good structural condition

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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