Height: 145.000 cm (clock and
Height: 145.000 cm (clock and pedestal)
Purchased with the assistance of the
Room 38-39: Clocks and Watches
Astronomical table clock by Henry Jenkins
London, England, around AD 1778
In about 1760, Henry Jenkins published a small booklet in which he described his astronomical clocks. This example appeared in the second edition in 1778, where Jenkins described it as the best and most complicated of all his astronomical clocks.
The clock has two
dials. The lower is a composite dial with the top part showing
hours, minutes and seconds. It is flanked on the left by a calendar
dial and on the right by a dial showing the times of high tide at
various ports. Below these is a large celestial
The clock also plays music. There are twelve tunes including one entitled 'Air by Mudge', a piece written by Richard Mudge, brother of Thomas Mudge the famous chronometer-maker.