By Harry S. Blaine
These clocks are among the most interesting antique timepieces. They were formerly plentiful in Holland and especially on the Island of Marken. Their style is bizarre and according to Britten, sometimes approaches the grotesque. They have a wealth of ornamentation in the way of fretwork, usually made of lead or pewter representing flowers, birds and scrolls, painted in bright colors. Sometimes figures of men appeared. The dials were brightly painted with marine or pastoral scenes. Very often the fret work was gilded. A prominent feature was the canopy or hood above the dial, edged by lively images of beasts or dolphins.
The clock hands are of heavy brass. The small alarm set at the center of the dial. The works are enclosed in a light iron box with side doors, with glass, giving access to the inside. The dial is of iron, brightly painted with a harbor scene. The upper fret work is riveted to the dial. It is highly gilded.
The dimensions of the clock are:
width, back and front, 13 inches; height 27 inches; diameter of time circle 7 inches. Date: 1700 A. D., or shortly thereafter.