Silver watch in the shape of a six-pointed star by David Ramsay, c.1625. The silver case is engraved with scenes of the nativity on all surfaces. Silver dial with engraved centre, while the six points of the star have representations of angels of which that above XII holds a shield bearing the legend 'de Heck Sculp'. Fusee movement with verge escapement, pinned-on balance cock and ratchet wheel set-up. Signed ‘David Ramsay, Scotus me fecit’. Purchased by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for their museum in 1958.
This watch was concealed for many years behind a tapestry at Gawdy Hall, Norfolk (now demolished) and only discovered in around 1790. As a result it is in remarkable condition.
The words ‘de Heck Sculp’ on the dial probably refer to Gerard de Heck of Blois, active from 1608 – 1629.
Ramsay was named in the Clockmakers Charter of 1631 as the first Master of the Clockmakers’ Company. He was watchmaker to James VI of Scotland, and came south when the King became James I of England.
Clockmakers' Museum No. 7