‘Methinks your maw, like mine, should be your clock And strike you home’
Comedy of Errors, Act 1, Scene 2
This drum-shaped gilt-brass table clock has a spring-driven movement, horizontal dial, single steel hand and chapter ring marked with Roman hour numerals I-XII. The clock has a separate alarm mechanism which rests over the dial when in use. The clock is small and portable and the alarm can be detached for travelling.
The clock is decorated with dragons and leaf-like ornaments. This stylistic evidence suggests that the clock was made in France, possibly by the maker Guillaume Javin of Avignon (around 1540-89). Despite the encouragement that the Tudor monarchs gave to foreign clockmakers to settle in the capital, almost all of the clocks and watches owned by Londoners in the early 1500s were imported from the European centres of watchmaking.