Haggar and Miller, Suffolk Clocks and Clockmakers, reported that no Griffin or Giffin lantern clocks are known to be extant; by the late 1750s the demand for this type of clock had waned in favor of longcase clocks. This is likely the only example extant.
Posted by David Addy: “I received emails from Marc Honcoop containing pictures of a clock which he owns. "I live in the Netherlands. I have a Lantern clock of Giffin Rayment. This is the only one he made.... The clock is all original with no signs of restoration. The clock was bought about 40 years ago for fl.15,000 gulden. That was a lot of money for those years. I don't know the date the clock was made.” Possibly Rayment made the clock with his father about 1730-1740, but I think the clock is younger at about 1760."
Giffin Rayment died in January 1769, and he was buried at St James's church on January 24th. His widow Esther was granted Administration as he had not yet made a will, being only 47 years old.
Material: Cast iron, brass, polychrome, 30-hour spring driven movement
Condition: Dial paper is replaced, does not run…we have a great clockmaker
who will attend to the movement if a new owner desires; original
paint is at nearly full coverage…only some “as expected” scattered
minor chips mostly to high spots.
Additional Information: Late 19th century, novelty clock, John Bull figure, painted cast
iron, blinking eye, the base with embossed maker's mark "T. Kennedy Patent Applied
For 1856," (Winding key included.) Most of these American cast iron figural clock cases
often referred to as John Bull were produced by Bradley and Hubbard of Meriden,
Connecticut. Some horological reference books refer to this example as the Squire
model, an English historical fique akin to our Uncle Sam. The subject clock displays a
casting label in the base: “T. Kennedy, Patent, Applied For 1856.” The movement is die-
stamped by the Connecticut clock/movement maker, “C. JEROME.” Chauncey Jerome
(1793-1868). [The connection/relationship between Kennedy and Bradley and Hubbard
is not yet known. As for the movement, it is original and complete; likely needs to be
cleaned and oiled which we will manage at the buyer’s expense.
Condition: The case id fine, movement wants to run, needs cleaning and oiling; we
have a professional clockmaker available.
Additional Information: Charming…sarcophagus pediment with recessed carved
profile of face set within pediment; cove shaped roof sides continue to scroll terminuses.
The projecting molding above the case cut from a solid piece of burl that rests of a
projecting molded base. Rear door hung on brass hinges.
The maker's signature is displayed on the base of the front fret; originally with balance wheel escapement, converted to anchor escapement early in its life, probably the late 17th or very early 18th century. This is a good, honest lantern clock with minor wear consistent with age. Literature: English lantern Clocks by George White, page 205, figure IV/104 (left). Now on a modern oak shelf copied from photos in Wallace Nutting's Clock Book. (H: 14.5", W: 7.5", D: 6.5")
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