Monstrance & Clocks

Here’s a bit of seriously obscure research that took me a while to nail down. I found a few monstrance clocks but wanted to know what they were and meant. Here’s one from the collection of the Guild of Clockmakers, now in the Science Museum:

sm-monstrance-clock

The original. monstrance was an ornate container for display and veneration of blessed wafers for use in mass, to demonstrate the importance of the ritual. These are from the V& A Museum, London:

va-monstrance

And this:

va-monstrnce

This shows not everything in religious houses was destroyed by the Reformation. Some found secular uses. So now you know.

Here’s the band. No idea what the link is here.Maybe they just like the name.

 

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