Watch with faceted oval rock crystal case and protective outer case by John Ramsay

Made:
1625

Verge escapement watch with faceted oval rock crystal case and protective outer case by John Ramsay, c.1625. The protective outer case is of gilt metal. The watch's main case is made from three pieces of rock crystal; two cut into facets to form the covers, and the third carved to form the body of the case. The crystal pieces are set in a gilt-metal frame enamelled in white and green. The dial is made from cloisonné white enamel with flowers, with a gold chapter ring and a blued steel hand. The movement has a verge escapement, a train of three wheels, a screwed-on balance cock and worm and wheel set-up. The movement is signed 'John Ramsay fecit'.

Nothing is known about this maker but G.H. Ballie lists two men of the same name who he suspects may be the same man, active in Dundee 1610-46. It is probable that this watch was made there c.1625.

Clockmakers' Museum No. 12

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3090
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), enamel, gold (metal), rock crystal and steel (metal)
Measurements:
watch: 52 mm x 28 mm x 28 mm,
outer case: 29 mm x 34 mm x 42 mm,
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers