- Museum number
GILT-BRASS CASED VERGE COACH-WATCH WITH HOUR REPEAT.
Movement with gilt-brass plates and four baluster pillars. Barrel with tangent-screw set-up on the back-plate. Fusee now with gut-line but originally for chain, and with standard stop-work. Four wheel train. Verge escapement. Blocked holes suggest that there was a balance spring originally. The present 3-arm balance and pierced balance cock are modern.
Repeat for hours only operated by a pull-cord and powered by a fixed barrel. :
DIAL AND HAND
Silver dial with Roman hours I-XII and T-shaped half-hour marks surrounding and quarters circle of alternate plain and black rectangles. In the centre a foliate design with a bird enamelled in black. Steel hand with long tail.
Gilt-brass case with a series of pierced roundels around the band. The dial is mounted on a hinged upper section which in turn has a second hinge for the glazed bezel. Gilt-brass pendant. The case catch consists of a long steel strap riveted to the outside of the case. Inside the case the bell is screwed to a square boss.
- Production date
- 1680-1700 (?)
Diameter: 60.30 millimetres (case)
- Curator's comments
- The watch appears to be a strange conglommeration of different parts. The movement is attached, most unusually, to the case by three screws from the outside of the lower bezel. With a fairly thin movement this means that the winding square is very deep in the case.
The dial appears to be early 17th century but is not original to the watch.
The mixture of steel and brass wheels suggest that the trains have been improved.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Malcolm Gardner 29/3/1938.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2322 (Ilbert Collection)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: P252 (Ilbert Ledger)