Pivoted-detent escapement watch by John Arnold 1776-7

Made:
1776 in London
maker:
John Arnold

Pivoted-detent escapement watch by John Arnold 1776-7
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Pivoted-detent escapement watch by John Arnold 1776-7
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Pivoted detent escapement watch by John Arnold in a silver-gilt case with monogram ‘C.M.’ surrounded by chiselled wreaths. White enamel dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and steel hands. Pivoted detent s-shaped balance and helical balance spring. Signed ‘John Arnold Invt. et Fecit No. 28’.

London, hallmarked 1776-7

This is the earliest recorded and surviving pocket watch by Arnold with his pivoted detent escapement. The s-balance is a slightly later addition, being of the type employed by Arnold from 1779-82.

Clockmakers Museum No. 419

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Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3332
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), diamond, enamel, glass, silver gilt and steel (metal)
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

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