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Pillar Clock - Japan, Mid 19th Century Object Reg. No: ST 019391

Pillar clock, Japan, mid 19th century.

Japan used a system of 6 hours in the day and 6 hours at night, and the length of the hours therefore varied according to the season. The clock therefore has moveable brass markers to adjust for the length of the hours. The Japanese government adopted the 24 hour system in 1873, so this clock probably dates from before this date.
Narrow rectangular wooden case with brass movement at top under glass cover. Drawer at base for key. Calibrated brass strip runs vertically.

Weight driven; verge escapement.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Bequest from Mr John Askew, 1928
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 52 cm (Height), 7 cm (Width), 8 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: pillar clocks, wall clocks, horology
Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Clocks
Tertiary Classification: japan
Place & Date Made: Japan, circa 1850

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