Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford

Made:
1675 in London

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

On display

Science Museum: Clockmakers' Museum Gallery

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.

Details

Category:
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

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.