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Clock used for transit of Venus observations, 1769
Regulator clock by John Shelton with glazed mahogany case. One of five such clocks sent with Royal Society expeditions to observe the Transit of Venus on the 3rd June 1769.
Quarter-repeating verge bracket clock
Quarter-repeating verge bracket clock No.764 by Geo. Graham, London, in ebonised case. With mock pendulum, date aperture, strike-silent and pendulum rise-and-fall indicators on dial.
Clock movement for Shelton regulator clock
Movement for regulator clock with dead beat escapement, inverted grid iron pendulum with steel knife edge pivot on an agate plate and bubble level. Originally made by John Shelton, Shoe Lane, London, 1768-9, with later modifications.
Quartz crystal clock, 1942.
Quartz clock equipment, mounted on 6'6" standard rack, R.3191, with box of accessories and spare frequency divider unit
Harrison's eight-day wooden clock movement, 1715.
Original eight day clock by Harrison, date 1715, wheel work mostly of wood. With correspondence concerning Harrison clocks
A set of four sandglasses in a brass frame, probably 17th century.
17th century Italian four-way hour glass with brass stand
Electrically rewound clock patented by Schild et c
Electrically rewound clock patented by Schild et cie in 1927
Tablet Sundial of ivory, 3 1/2"x2 1/2"
Tablet Sundial of ivory, 3 1/2"x2 1/2"
White painted brass dial, from Huygens clock movement reproduction
Additional white painted brass dial, for minutes and seconds and separate rotating second dial for reproduction (from "Horologium Oscillatorium" 1673) of Huygens clock movement (see note).
steel suppoort for the weight component from the Peterloo Massacre commemorative clock, made W. Stancliffe, Barkisland.
Circular sundial, copper gilt and engraved, German
Circular sundial, copper gilt and engraved, German, 16th century (no compass needle on cover glass)
Crystal of artificially grown quartz
Crystal of artificially grown quartz, complete with seed
Universal Ring Dial, 2 3/4" diam., Johann Somer
Universal Ring Dial, 2 3/4" diam., "Johann Somer. Augspurg"
Switch and cables, for Omega Time Recorder 2
One hand switch and cables for Omega (printing) Time recorder 2
Universal equinoctial ring sundial, astronomical four ring dial
Universal equinoctial ring sundial (astronomical ring dial with four rings). ? Forgery ( B1743)
Carton and instruction manual, for quartz clock, with voice controlled alarm
Original packing and instruction manual for an analogue quartz clock with voice controlled alarm by Braun, 1984,
Self-winding electric clock movement
Self-winding electric clock movement (no 162102) by Uhrenfabrik Wilhelm Muller, Muhlheim, Germany, pendulum missing (A204941)
Model of train of wheels used in a clock
Model of train of wheels used in a clock (full size), with fusee
Single sand-glass in rosewood mount
Single sand-glass in three-pillared rosewood mount (two feet missing). 31 minutes. Horne Type B. Second half of the 18th century. (B3241)
Single sand-glass in four pillared wooden mount. 29 minutes. Horne Type B. Second half of the 18th century. ?Ship's watch glass. (B3194)
Electronic digital countdown timer, designed for u
Electronic digital countdown timer, designed for use in a kitchen for cooking purposes, with magnetic clip on back, count down from 99 minutes 59 seconds, with alarm, in packaging, manufactured for Woolworths, 1997-1999.
Sand-glass in four pillared wooden mount
Single sand-glass in four pillared wooden mount, 30 seconds. Horne Type B. Second half of the 18th century. Ship's log glass (B3200)
Scandinavian almanac in softwood
Scandinavian almanac in softwood, signed J J P 1744. (B3745)
Centre-seconds impulse dial movement, with hands a
Centre-seconds impulse dial movement, with hands and enamelled dial
Watchstand, depicting 'Father Time' holding a sandglass
Carved wooden watchstand depicting Father Time holding a sandglass
Wooden model of compensation balance wheel (magnif
Wooden model of compensation balance wheel (magnified)
`Karakuri' quartz clock, with automata depicting Alice in Wonderland
`Karakuri' quartz clock by the Citizen Watch Co, with automata depicting Alice's adventures in wonderland, 1991
Mechanical clock movement adapted for electric rewind
Mechanical clock movement adapted for electric rewind, with dial, pendulum missing ( A204941)
Ivory diptych sundial for latitude 48 degrees
Ivory diptych sundial for latitude 48 degrees by Georg Karner, Nuremberg, with vertical and horizontal dials, pin gnomon for Italian hours and lunar volvelle. Compass needle and glass cover missing. German, late 17th century. (B1667)
18 carat gold detached level p
18 carat gold detached level pocket watch, made by Thomas & John Ollivant, Manchester, C.1829
Brass Equinoctial Ring Dial. Signed H. Sutton Feci
Brass Equinoctial Ring Dial. Signed H. Sutton Fecit 1660. 10.7 cms diameter
Sandglass from the Abbot Horne collection, single
Sandglass from the Abbot Horne collection, single glass in oak and pine circular mount, 31 minutes running time.
Replica sundial cast in bronze, designed to be placed horizontally. Dated 1661, sun in centre, points on compass, has roman numerals (IIII - VIII).
Brass pinion and bracket, plus four machine screws, from French train remontoire clock
Original pin wheel for French clock with train remontoire, replaced 1979
1872 patent cast steel bell, one of three
1872 patent cast steel bell, by Vickers Sons and Company Limited, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1872-1874
Analogue quartz clock, with voice controlled alarm
Analogue quartz clock with voice controlled alarm by Braun, 1984, type 47763/AB30vs
Part of clock case, Hipp pendulum clock
Door or back of case for clock with Hipp pendulum (an electric driven clock with Hipp butterfly escapement)
Perspex hood for the English Reifler escapement astronomical clock
Perspex hood for the English Reifler escapement astronomical clock designed by E. T. Cottingham, unsigned
Electric time switch for street lights
Example of modern electric time-switch for street lights, driven by synchronous motor and fitted with solar dial, no.6582, Horstmann Gear Company Ltd., Bath, England, 1900-1938.
Companion dial, for 'Sychronome' astronomical regulator
Companion dial for "Sychronome" astronomical regulator
'Pond' electric clock movement (no dial)
'Pond' electric clock (movement only, no dial), by Self Winding Clock Company, New York, United States, 1905-1913.
Pocket Watch in Silver Case by James Ryland, 1795-1805
Watch in silver pair case by James Ryland, Ormskirk, no.646, club-footed verge. Dial marked "John Atherton, Maghull", 1795-1805
Flat movement with horizontal escapement no. 23093
Flat movement with horizontal escapement no. 23093, F. and A. Meylan, Geneva, incomplete ( no dial etc., part of regulator missing)
Pocket watch with silver on case
Verge watch with tangent-screw set-up to mainspring, gut line on fusee and no balance-spring. Single hand. Outer case with silver pique, by David Lestourgeon, Rouen, France, 1655-1665.
Pocket watch with silver inner case
Verge watch in silver inner case (outer case missing), silver plate and cock, no. 166, by Thomas Dwerrihouse, Garston, Liverpool, England, hallmarked 1774.