- Museum number
Oval silver-cased verge watch in the form of a shell.
Oval fluted silver case in the form of a shell with raised flutes radiating from the pendant area. Cast, shaped silver pendant with loose ring. Very small silver finial.
Dial and hands:
Silver dial, engraved around the outside with flowers and scrolling foliage. Engraved chapter-ring with Roman hours I-XII, and arrow-head half-hour marks surrounding a quarter-circle. Central area engraved with floral design featuring daisy and tulip style flowers. Hand missing.
Oval gilt-brass plates with four Egyptian pillars. Gilt-brass pinned balance cock pierced and engraved with assymetric foliate/floral motif. Tangent-screw set-up with corroded remains of steel brackets for work gear. Silver disc with arabic numerals (1-8).
Gilt-brass barrel and fusee with gut-line. Gilt-brass wheels.
- Production date
- c. 1645
Diameter: 18 millimetres
Height: 42 millimetres
Weight: 43.50 grammes
Width: 30 millimetres
- Curator's comments
For a similar shell-form watch case see 1958,1201.2301
Extract from treasure report:
The watch was found in two pieces, the lid having at some stage sheared from the main case at the hinge. The rear of the case has a small dent and some light scratches. The watch dial, and the underside of the lid, have patches of corroded material on the surface– likely the remains of a steel hand. Aside from this and soil accretions the dial is in good condition, the decorative engraving clear and apparently undamaged. Traces of black wax remain in some of the numerals.
The hinge pin is either missing or has completely corroded. On opening the watch the two hinge knuckles from the lid became loose, so these were bagged separately for safe-keeping. All of the steelwork in the movement is extremely corroded, but the components are currently still in position. The gilded brass elements are in fair condition, though with some corrosion present. The original gut line remains, though in very poor condition – partly on the barrel, partly on the fusee, indicating the watch was partially wound when it stopped.
- Not on display
Latest: 4 (October 2019)
All steelwork severely corroded. Not possible to treat due to the severity of the corosion, and the nature of the object. Provided the obect is stored in low humidity it is stable.
Some green deposits on gilded brass. White deposits on gut-line. Some scratches to case. Lid separate from case due to damaged hinge. Steel hand missing.
5 (August 2019) All steelwork severely corroded. Some green deposits on gilded brass. White deposits on gut-line. Soil accretions on dial and case. Some scratches to case. Lid separate from case due to damaged hinge. Steel hand missing, likely completely corroded (brown corroded material on dial and inside of case lid).
- Acquisition date
- August 2019
- Acquisition notes
- Metal-detected find.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number