Astrolabe Longcase Clock

Contributed by The Fitzwilliam Museum

Astrolabe Longcase Clock

This clock represents the pinnacle of achievement in horology for the late 17C. How Thomas Tompion who made it acquired his outstanding scientific and technical skills is not known. The 'face' has a twenty four hour dial, three hands telling the hour, minute and lunar time. One is also able to see the age and phase of the moon, the time of high tide at London Bridge and the day of the month, as well as the sun's apparent position. The maker was so highly regarded that he was buried in Westminster Abbey, an extraordinary honour for a craftsman.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.