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Daniel Quare Clocks and Biography

Daniel Quare was a contemporary of Thomas Tompion, and was born in 1648, his death taking place in 1724. He was responsible for much fine work, and Mr F. J. Britten writes (in Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers): "Of the few horologists of Tompion's time who can be admitted as his peers, Daniel Quare was perhaps the most notable example".

Quare was one of the outstanding clock makers and watchmakers of the generation in which London watchmaking established a leadership in Europe. He was at the forefront of the development of the repeating watch in the 1680s. In 1687 he was granted a patent for his system of repeating work after a dispute with Edward Barlow, which was taken to James II (ruled 1685-1688) for adjudication.

Daniel Quare Barometer, 1700
Daniel Quare Barometer, 1700.

Later in 1695 Quare won a patent for the construction of portable barometers as seen in the picture. Members of the Royal Society, were impressed by his design, which "inverted without spilling the quick silver, or letting in any air, or excluding the pressure of the atmosphere".

Quare, like many other clockmakers of the time, was a Quaker, and although he is believed to have died at Croydon he was buried in the Quakers' Burial Ground at Bunhill Fields.

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