The Grasshopper Clock is based on the first marine chronometer made by the world’s most famous clock maker John Harrison (1693 – 1776).
John Harrison spent a lifetime perfecting marine chronometers in order to win the prize offered under the Longitude Act (1714) of £20,000 for any invention capable of calculating longitude to within 30 miles. His original timekeepers made it possible for seafarers to navigate accurately and can be viewed at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. The clock features the ‘grasshopper escapement’ operated by two inter-linked pendulums that compensated for the motion of a ship. The eight day fusee movement is made from solid brass that is hand polished and gold plated. The dials are silver plated. Seconds are indicated by the 180° scale above the clock face. The time is indicated by fine Bregeut hands. Each clock is supplied with a copy of Dava Sobel’s book Longitude that reveals the story of John Harrison’s life.
Solid mahogany or uniquely to us in a Burr walnut case with key drawer
Production is limited to 50 pieces annually
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Comitti Grasshopper Clock
Height: 21″ (53cm)
Width: 13.5″ (34cm)
Depth: 10″ (25cm)