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Anonymous, German
Spherical cased verge clock-watch with stackfreed

c. 1540

case; gilt-brass dial; gilt-brass; engraved movement; steel

case 45.5 mm diameter case 50.5 mm height movement 40.5 mm diameter movement 6.4 mm pillar height

Case: Gilt-brass spherical case, chased with strap-work and arabesques; the dial is at the bottom. Dial: Gilt-brass with Roman hours I-XII and floral half-hour marks surrounding Arabic hours 13-Z4 and a circle calibrated in five-minutes with an engraved star-burst at the centre. This dial, although correct in style, is unlikely to be original. Movement: All steel two-stage movement with three plates and chamfered pillars. The going train is mounted above the striking train. Mainspring with stackfreed mechanism; four wheel going train; verge escapement with dumb-bell balance and short scroll-shaped balance-cock. Striking train with five wheel train (the last a weighted pinion), count-wheel control and nag's head release (with over-lift). The bell is mounted inside the top half of the case. Literature: F.J. Britten, Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers, 6th Ed., 1936, figs. 148-152. G.H. Baillie, Watches, 1929, pl. VI.1. Clutton & Daniels, Watches, p. 5. C. Jagger, The World's Great Clocks and Watches, 1977, p. 89. C. Jagger, The Artistry of the English Watch, 1988, pl. 2, p. 12. D. Thompson, 'Watches in the Ashmolean Museum' Antiquarian Horology, Vol.25, p.501. D. Thompson, 'Watches in the Ashmolean Museum' Ashmolean Handbooks, 2007

Christie's, 1937

Thompson (2007) 1

Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.


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