Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of tabernacle clock in English:
A small clock having a metal case in the form of a tower.
- One particularly popular style of clock was the tabernacle clock similar to this example.
- The clocksmiths of Augsburg, who, in the 1500s, were among the most sophisticated horologists in the world, wrote down in great detail what a then ‘state-of-the-art’ clock looked like in the 1530s; they described what we would now call a striking, four-sided, renaissance tabernacle clock with astronomical indications, including an astrolabe dial.
- There is also a number of tabernacle clocks dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, silver pocket watches from the same period, portal-clocks, a picture clock, wall clocks, longcase clocks, lanterns, travel watches and the like.
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