form watch(sea urchin);
- Museum number
SILVER CASED VERGE WATCH IN THE FORM OF A SEA URCHIN.
Circular gilt-brass plates with four baluster pillars. Engraved decoration around the verge aperture.
MAINSPRING & SET-UP:
Gilt-brass barrel with dovetailed cap and riveted steel hook. Ratchet and click set-up of unusual design, the click mounted on a stud on the potence plate.
FUSEE & STOP-WORK:
Gilt-brass fusee for gut line with English stop-work.
Three wheel train of gilt-brass wheels, the second and contrate wheels with three crossings.
ESCAPEMENT & BALANCE:
Verge escapement, the crown wheel, potence and counter-potence all replaced. Pierced and engraved foliate balance cock pinned to a stud on the potence-plate.
DIAL & HAND:
Silver dial, hinged to the case at 12 o 'clock. Four lugs around the perimeter engage in recesses in the case band. Within a border of scrolling foliage and flowers, topped by a winged cherub's head, the engraved chapter-ring has Roman hour numerals I-XII, heart-shaped half-hour marks and a quarter circle.. In the middle an engraved landscape shows an angler catching a fish, with buildings in the background. Single blued-steel hand. The spring and bolt of the case catch originally recessed in the the dial back are now missing.
Cast silver case with alternating flutes and matted areas radiating from a central roundel to resemble a sea-urchin shell. The hinged lid has more recently been opened up and glazed with a separate silver ring with turned over lugs to hold it and the glass in position. Silver pendant with loose ring.
Outer leather protecting case with silver hinge, two closing hooks and a silver beaded rim to the open bezel.
- Production date
Diameter: 29.70 millimetres (inner case)
Diameter: 35.80 millimetres (outer case)
- Curator's comments
- If the glazing took place after the watch was made then it must have been fairly soon afterwards. The outer case appears to be of 17th century date and is open at the front yto reveal the dial. There would be no point to this if the inner lid were solid. The alternative is to accept that the glazing of the inner case is original but the method used sugests that it is not. [DT. 11/91]
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.1697 (Ilbert Collection)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: Q20 (Ilbert Ledger)