Pair-cased watch with astronomical indications by Henry Childe

Made:
1650 in London

Pair-cased watch with astronomical indications by Henry Childe
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

Pair-cased watch with astronomical indications by Henry Childe
The Clockmakers' Museum/Clarissa Bruce
© The Clockmakers’ Charity

A silver and leather pair cased verge watch by Henry Childe. The dial has a silver chapter ring displaying the hours, an inner ring for age of the moon, with a gilt centre showing the moon's aspects and an aperture for its phase. All enclosed by an outer calendar ring, with steel pointer. Pinned on balance cock with balance now missing. Worm-and-wheel set-up, fusee line missing. Signed ‘Henricus Childe Fecit’ on the movement. Outer case covered in leather with silver piqué decoration. London c.1650.

Henry Childe died in early 1655, while in office as Master of the Clockmakers Company: perhaps a victim of the Plague.

Clockmakers' Museum No. 1194

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Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-4104
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, leather, silver (alloy) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
outer case: 52.5 mm x 53.5 mm x 20 mm,
watch: 54 mm x 47 mm x 19 mm,
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

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