he primitive brass dial illustrated here is most interesting. It was made by John Ismay of Oulton from around c1715-20. It has the religious verse 'Memento Mori' (Bear Death in Mind), typically engraved to the dial centre, along with some cup-and-ringing. However, unusually there are winged angels that are up in the clouds and looking down whilst blowing a trumpet and shooting arrows from a bow.
ohn Ismay was born at Thursby, a village near Wigton in Cumberland, in March 1699. He was apprenticed to John Ogden at Bowbridge in 1711, and was living in Tiffinthwaite at the time of his death in 1755. Today there are only a handful of clocks known to survive by him.
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