Pocket watch by Thomas Tompion

Made:
1675-1700
maker:
Thomas Tompion

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Pocket cylinder watch in silver and tortoiseshell case, with Tompion movement. Horizontal watch signed: 'T. Tompion
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Pocket cylinder watch in silver and tortoiseshell case, with Tompion movement. Horizontal watch signed: 'T. Tompion
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pocket cylinder watch in silver and tortoiseshell case, with Tompion movement. Horizontal watch signed: 'T. Tompion
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pocket cylinder watch in silver and tortoiseshell case, with Tompion movement. Horizontal watch signed: 'T. Tompion
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Group photograph of Polished steel equal arm balance; 11 1/4" beam, swan-neck ends; knife-edge fulcrum; brass dished
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Pocket watch with cylinder escapement and tortoiseshell case made by Thomas Tompion, Fleet Street, London, between 1675 and 1700. Inscribed 'T. Tompion London 3' on the movement and inscribed 'Graham' on the dial.

The movement of this watch was originally made between 1675 and 1700 by Thomas Tompion, who signed the back plate of the movement. The dial is signed by George Graham, possibly to indicate the addition of the cylinder escapement which he perfected in 1726. Tompion (1639-1713) was a clock and watch maker whose workshop was located near Fleet Street. He became very successfull, working with Fellows of the Royal Society such as Robert Hooke and became known as the 'father of English watchmaking'. George Graham (c.1673-1751) was a clockmaker who worked for Tompion from 1696, became his business partner in 1711 and took over the business when Tompion died in 1713.

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Category:
Time Measurement
Object Number:
1975-334
Materials:
silver (metal), steel (metal), tortoiseshell
type:
pocket watch
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • timepiece
  • watch
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • timepiece
  • watch
  • watch movement
credit:
Sotheby and Compan

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