Timepiece, Mantlepiece Clock; unknown maker; 1840?; RX.1975.1


Timepiece, Mantlepiece Clock

About this object

This clock was brought to New Zealand on the 'Philip Laing' ship in 1848 by the father of Mr J Forrester. There is a picture of an eagle behind the pendulum but it is not possible to determine who the maker of the timepiece is.

(from Wikipedia)
Philip Laing was the second ship to arrive in Dunedin, New Zealand, carrying Scottish settlers. She departed from Greenock on 23 November 1847, and, after sheltering from bad weather along the Scottish coast, made its final British departure from Milford Haven in Wales on 20 December 1847. The ship arrived at Port Chalmers on 15 April 1848 after a passage of 114 days. Her sister ship, John Wickliffe, arrived three weeks earlier. Philip Laing was a 459-ton barque, somewhat smaller than the 662-ton John Wickliffe. Despite this, she carried the majority of the first settlers (247, to John Wickliffe's 97), the larger ship having largely been laden with provisions for the new settlement.


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organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
processed material, glass

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none identifiable


h 495 mm x w 270mm x d 110mm
wt 2724g

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