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notes from a small island

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Time

Another ancient timepiece...

This is the one-handed clock that Queen Elizabeth the first presented to Castle Rushen in 1597.

I have no idea why it only has one hand - you have to judge for yourself exactly how far between any two given hours the hand is pointing. And, to be honest, although it is still the original clockwork - and, I think, the original hand - I'm guessing the face has been replaced more than once. But Castle Rushen is very proud of its clock.

Castle Rushen Clock

I may post a second response to the prompt, just this once, later in the week - as I mentioned to Caristiona that I think there is one on the island the same shape as the clock she posted, just with a different paint-job. So, if I get a chance, I'll go that way and take a picture.

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I'm fascinated by the historic clocks that are being posted. Riches beyond measure for a colonial.
I'm really glad that you are enjoying them - it is interesting how so many of us have thought of an historic clock to answer this one!
I've never heard of a one-handed clock; interesting!
I suppose a single hand requires simpler works, or something - but it had always only had one hand.
Omigosh, 1597. That's an amazing clock.
It is a good age for the clockwork to still be going strong, isn't it? I'm still not sure why Queen Elizabeth didn't give them one with two hands, though...
Facinating!
Thank you.
Interesting!
It is - but also quite odd - I presume someone had invented a system for turning two hands at different paces by 1597! Was QE1 just too mean to present them with a two handed clock, I've often wondered.
Very nice:)
Thank you.