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OVAL GILT-BRASS CASED VERGE WATCH.
CASE: Oval gilt-brass case with a hinged lid and integral back. The band consists of a middle, upper and lower moulding with four recesses in its upper edge for the lugs around the dial. The band is joined at XII but has also been soldered together on one side where there is a fracture. The case is undecorated except for the inside of the lid which is crudely engraved with a a shield of arms, a name and two initials. Cast gilt-brass pendant, no provision for a finial.
DIAL: Gilt-brass dial with an engraved chapter-ring with Roman hour numerals I-XII, and dot half-hour marks, surrounded by a circle of touch-pins, the one at XII being higher and sharper than the others. The spandrel spaces around the chapter-ring are engraved with a gadroon type ornament. Within the chapter ring, the dial is engraved with a design of foliage with two snails and two butterflies. The single blued-steel hand may be original but has undergone serious remodelling.
Frame: Oval gilt-brass plates with four baluster pillars. Around the perimeter of the pillar plate an engraved foliate border with straps at the top, bottom and sides. A potence-hole in the pillar-plate. Riveted potence and riveted counter-potence, both probably original but altered.
Mainspring & Set-Up: Gilt-brass barrel with a dovetailed cap and riveted steel hook. There is a large rectangular brass repair plate in the barrel wall. The mainspring is a blued-steel replacement. Bow and arrow set-up mounted on the potence-plate. The spring and ratchet original, the wheel replaced.
Fusee & Stop-Work: Gilt-brass fusee with gut line and standard stop-work.
There are now two steel ratchet clicks.
TRAIN: Gilt-brass three-wheel train, the second and contrate wheels with three crossings and domed collets.
ESCAPEMENT & BALANCE: Verge escapement, the crown wheel, verge, balance, balance spring and balance cock are all later replacements and modifications.
Pinion of report:5
Dial wheel 40
Second wheel:48 pinion:5
Contrate wheel:42 pinion:5
Crown wheel:17 pinion:6 [replaced]
Pinion of report:5
Beats per hour:16,755.2
- Production date
Length: 59 millimetres (case)
Thickness: 25.30 millimetres
Width: 47.20 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The shield of arms is essentially: on a fesse between three etoiles, a mullet. Papworth gives, "Gules on a fesse between three etoiles argent a mullet of the field, EVERARD". There are numerous
Britten, F.J., FORMER CLOCK AND WATCHMAKERS, London 1894, p.65.
Cardinal, Catherine, LA MONTRE, Paris, 1985, p.35, illus.17.
Jagger, Cedric, THE ARTISTRY OF THE ENGLISH WATCH, 1988, plate 25, p.28.
Jagger, Cedric, ROYAL CLOCKS, London 1983, illus.21-22, p.19. branches of the Everard family and it may be that the mullet is a difference for the fourth son of a branch of the family. The name W*Rowley and the initials IL are, as yet, obscure.
Another watch by Randolph Bull is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. A circular gilt-brass clock-watch [reg.no.M10]. It was formerly in the Webster collection, presented by Francis Mallet in 1927 ? Illustrated in Baillie, WATCHES pl.XIII.
- Not on display
Latest: 3 (2017)
3 (1993) Much of the steel-work appears to have been seriously rusted at some time. The escapement components are all replaced. The case hinge has been broken and is repaired with lead solder.
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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