Watch with alarm by Robert Grinkin

Made:
1610 in London

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Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
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Watch with alarm in a pierced gilt case by Robert Grinkin, London c.1610. Engraved gilt-metal oval shaped case, with armorial bearings and pierced and engraved side. Alarm bell fixed to the inside of the case-back. Engraved gilt-metal dial, with steel hand and alarm disc with pointer in the centre. Movement with verge escapement, alarm-work, barrow regulator, balance spring of 1½ turns, pinned-on balance cock and pierced barrel. Backplate with engraved border and signed 'Ro Grinkin'. The balance-spring and regulator were added probably in the late seventeenth century. Purchased by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for their museum in 1968.

Robert Grinkin was a leading member of a group of makers who produced watches in the Flemish style in London in the first decade 17th century. He was a freeman of the Blacksmiths Company and served as its Master in 1609. Clockmakers Museum No. 6

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3085
Materials:
bell metal, brass (copper, zinc alloy) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall: 100 mm x 56 mm x 35 mm,
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers