Definition of tabernacle clock in English:

tabernacle clock


  • A small clock having a metal case in the form of a tower.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In autumn 2004 the International Museum of Horology in Switzerland acquired the presumed masterpiece by Johann Wolffgang Hartich from Augsburg, a Renaissance style tabernacle clock with astronomical displays constructed circa 1712.’
    • ‘Among the clocks there was the tabernacle clock ‘Julienne le Roy’ from XVII century made by craftsman Amoretti who was the personal watchmaker for Louis XV.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One particularly popular style of clock was the tabernacle clock similar to this example.’