Silver watch by Thomas Taylor

Made:
1658 in London
Silver pair-cased verge escapement watch by Thomas Taylor, with an outer leather case studded with silver. The inner L2015-3110

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Silver pair-cased verge escapement watch by Thomas Taylor, with an outer leather case studded with silver. The inner
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museumum

L2015-3110
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museumum

Silver pair cased watch by Thomas Taylor, with an outer leather case studded with silver. The inner case is engraved with the Lord Protector's crown and 16-58. Around this is engraved 'OLIVAR' 'TO JOHN MILTON'

The gilt brass dial has a matted centre, a silvered chapter ring and a further silvered ring with the days of the month engraved around it. A steel pointer is attached to a gilt ring which rotates every 31 days, thereby indicating the day of the month. The time is indicated with a very short steel hand with tail of nearly equal length. The fusee movement has a three-wheel train, worm-and-wheel set-up regulator, with replaced wheel and verge escapement. The movement pillars are of an unusual design. Signed on the movement 'Thomas Taylor Holburne' London 1658. Formed part of the collection of the Reverend Henry Nelthropp, later donated by Nelthropp to the museum of Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

Taylor was admitted to the Clockmakers’ Company in 1646 and became Master in 1670. He died in 1695.

Clockmakers Museum No. 34

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3110
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, gold plated (gilded), gut, leather, silver (metal) and steel (metal)
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers