Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch with 'six hour' dial by Francis Stamper

Made:
1680-1685 in London

Pair-cased watch by Francis Stamper. The outer case is covered in tortoiseshell, inlaid with silver birds and flowers, the inner case made of plain silver, stamped on the inside, ‘AR 386’. The silver dial has a single steel hand which revolves once every six hours. To indicate the 12 hours for each half of the day, the numbers 7-12 (in Arabic numerals) are laid over the top of the numbers 1-6 (in Roman numerals). The minutes are listed around the edge of the hours, from 1-60 between each hour marker. Around the outer edge is a calendar ring with silver pointer. Movement with verge escapement, and signed ‘Fr. Stamper London 386’. Made c.1685.

Francis Stamper became a free Clockmaker in 1682. Clockmakers' Museum No. 1198.

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-4108
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, silver (alloy), steel (metal) and tortoiseshell
Measurements:
watch: 55 mm x 45 mm x 29 mm,
outer case: 54 mm x 54 mm x 25 mm,
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers