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Fine Antique Clocks

"Early and Important Japanese Bell Clock"
(Tsurigane dokei)

Japanese, Circa 1700
Bronze Bell with Iron Movement
Inscribed with Japanese Characters
Engraved Dial with applied and silvered decorationsDragon form handle

An inscription on the bell reads Fukushima ya Katsutaro, 1689. This may be the maker of the clock or bell.

Prior to 1872 Japan used an early form of timekeeping that divided the day and night into six hours and adjusted the length of these hours depending on the season.As the summer approaches the distance between the numerals on the dial is increased for the daylight hours and shortened between evening. The opposite is done in winter. These clocks are fascinating and quite collectible.

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Japanese Bell Clock

Japanese Bell Clock
Japanese Bell Clock
Japanese Bell Clock

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