Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford

Made:
1675 in London
Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford

Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Silver pair-cased verge escapement watch by Ignatius Huggeford, with an outer case of tortoiseshell studded with silver. The dial has a rotating day-of-month rim, heart-shaped hour plaques and a steel arrow hand. The movement has a four-wheel train, worm-and-wheel set-up with silver regulator disc and a blued-steel balance cock with large ruby/glass 'endstone'. Signed 'Ignatius Huggeford Londini'. Made c.1675.

This watch was bought by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1704 from the watchmaker Thomas Magson for £2-10s, and used (apparently fraudulently) as evidence to defeat Facio di Duillier’s extension for a patent for jewelling watches. The original owner, Mr. William Seale was paid ten shillings to give evidence. Ignatius Huggeford was conveniently dead.

Clockmakers' Museum No. 45

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3119
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, silver (alloy), steel (metal), textile and tortoiseshell
Measurements:
watch: 54 mm x 47 mm x 27 mm,
outer case: 53 mm x 53 mm x 28 mm,
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers