Silver form watch, in the shape of a cockle shell by Richard Masterson, c.1630

Made:
1630 in London
Silver form watch, in the shape of a cockle shell by Richard Masterson, c.1630 Silver form watch, in the shape of a cockle shell by Richard Masterson, c.1630.

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Silver form watch, in the shape of a cockle shell by Richard Masterson, c.1630
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Silver form watch, in the shape of a cockle shell by Richard Masterson, c.1630.
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Form watch by Richard Masterson, The Royal Exchange, London c.1630. Oval case made of silver, cast in the form of a cockle-shell, with raised ridges on both sides of the case, radiating from the case joint. Shutter for winding hole, made of plain silver.

Plain silver dial with small engraved hour circle and steel hour hand. Verge escapement, with steel two arm balance. Pinned-on, pierced and engraved balance cock. Ratchet wheel set-up for mainspring. Three wheel train. Fusee with gut-line. Back plate with engraved border, and signed ‘Ri Masterson at the Exchange Fecit’.

Masterson was a free Clothworker. He became an Assistant of the Clockmakers’ in 1633 and Master in 1642. His widow continued his business after his death in 1653. An almost identical watch by Masterson is in the collection of the British Museum (inventory number 1958,1201.2301)

Clockmakers' Museum No. 14

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3092
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), silver (alloy) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
case: 38 mm
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers