- Museum number
TRIPLE CASED SILVER AND SHAGREEN VERGE COACH WATCH WITH HOUR STRIKING, HOUR REPEAT, ALARM AND DATE.
Circular gilt-brass plates with five turned pillars. Gilt-brass barrel with ratchet and click set-up beneath the front-plate. Fusee with chain and standard stop-work. Four-wheel train of gilt-brass wheels terminating with a verge escapement. Polished steel 3-arm balance with spiral balance spring and Tompion regulation, the silver index disc engraved 5-30 and the slide plate finely engraved with foliate scrolls and a serpent indicator. Finely pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls and a trophy of arms.
Rack striking mechanism for hours only, powered by a fixed gilt-brass barrel with geared stop-work under the dial. By pushing the pendant the mechanism is released to release the hours. When operated, a strike/silent lever in the dial-plate at IIII prevents the rack from falling.
Alarm train also powered by a gilt-brass barrel which also has geared stop-work mounted on the front of the front-plate.
DIAL & HANDS
Gilt-brass dial-plate with a white enamel dial. Around the outside, a minute circle numbered 5-60 surrounds Roman hours I-XII. A subsidiary dial to the left for alarm-setting and one on the right 1-31 for the date.
Gilt-brass dust-cap with blued-steel slide lock.
Silver and shagreen triple cases. Silver inner case with hinged glazed bezel, pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls, and with an engraved medallion at the bottom showing a left-facing male bust. The case with casemaker's mark and hallmark. Inside the inner case a bell screwed to a central square boss.
Silver middle case pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls around the bezel and band. At the top and bottom and to the left and right, a half-rosette.
This case similarly marked to the inner.
Shagreen covered brass outer case with silver rims and silver piqué decoration. At top, bottom and each side, a pierced and engraved silver half-rosette.
Inside the middle case a cream aster shaped watchpaper with picture of female figure and anchor, and inscription.
- Production date
- 1787 (case)
Diameter: 121 millimetres (outer case)
- Curator's comments
- The characteristics of this watch suggest that it was almost certainly made for export and probably to the Middle East.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Jul 2018) small amount of verdigris
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.0368 (Ilbert Collection)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: F78 (Ilbert Ledger)