- Museum number
GILT-BRASS CASED CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP LEVER, EQUATION OF TIME AND DATE INDICATORS AND STAND [CASE AND STAND NOT ORIGINAL].
Gilt-brass full-plate movement with fusee, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power.
Cylinder escapement; spiral balance-spring with Tompion regulator, silver index disc engraved 5-30.
Stop-lever acts on escape wheel.
White enamel front dial for hours, minutes and equation of time, with an outer revolving calendar ring; on back, a small white enamel dial for seconds.
Three blued-steel hands for hours, mean time minutes and true solar minutes, with small sun disc; on back, a blued-steel seconds hand; date indicator missing.
Later custom-made gilt-brass case.
Later carved walnut watch-stand.
- Production date
Diameter: 21.90 millimetres (back dial)
Diameter: 58.10 millimetres (case)
Diameter: 51.60 millimetres (front dial)
Height: 197 millimetres (stand)
Thickness: 34.70 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- It is likely that this watch was made by Mudge. He was known to have been making watches for Ellicott at the time, and the watch has the look of his work about it.
The story goes that following an accident where an Ellicott watch was dropped by someone at the royal court, Ellicott, who was present, had to admit that he couldn't fix it and the only man who could was Thomas Mudge, the man who had made it.
Letters from Michael Smith, King Ferdinand's clockmaker, to Mudge, comment on Mudge having made equation watches for Ellicott. See article about the letters by Andrew Crisford in Antiquarian Horology:
'Documents Illustrative of the History of English Horology, I: Two letters addressed to Thomas Mudge, Antiquarian Horology, Vol X, No. 5 (Winter 1977) p580-582
See also articles on Ellicott and the equation watches by David Thompson:
‘The Watches of Ellicotts of London’, Antiquarian Horology, Vol XXIII (Summer 1997), pp.306-321, (Autumn 1997), pp.429-442.
- Not on display
Latest: 3 (2017) - watch
2 (May 2015) -stand
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number