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Tin-glazed earthenware syrup jar
Tin-glazed earthenware syrup jar, polychrome decoration, possibly from Castelli, probably 17th century
Wandering hour watch by Sinclare, Dublin, c.1690
Watch with wandering hour dial by Gordon D. Sinclare, Dublin, c.1690. Silver case, with engraved back and bezel. Engraved silver dial, signed Sinclare. Wandering hour function comprising a semi circular slot in the dial , behind which is a blued steel disc with aperture for the hour figure, acting as pointer. Minute hand missing. Verge escapement with large balance, backcock signed 'Sinclare. Dublin. 146'.
Magnetic compass and sundial by Henry Sutton
Folding pocket compass and sundial in boxwood case made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1650-1665.
Rock crystal and silver watch in the form of a tulip, by Sermand c.1640
Form watch by Sermand, France or Switzerland. c.1640. Silver case cast in the form of a tulip with three hinged petals, each petal having a carved rock crystal window. Engraved gilt dial plate with a large silver chapter ring, with floral engraving around the outside of the ring, and an engraved scene of a river, bridge and houses in the centre. Steel hour hand with long tail. Verge escapement, with steel two arm balance, Pinned-on, pierced and engraved, oval shaped balance cock. Three wheel train. Fusee with gut line. Gilt backplate signed ‘F. Sermand’.
Genoese medicine chest
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Medicine chest, large, leather covered, probably made for Vincenzo Guistiniani, Genoese Governor of between 1562 and 1566
Statue of St Roch
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Statuette of St. Rock, wood, northern Germany, 15th century
Model of early manual fire engine, ca. 1680.
Model of early manual fire engine, ca. 1680.
Bow spectacles made of leather and steel, lenses missing, in wooden bow case, maker unknown, England, 1601-1700.
Gear wheel from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Brass gear wheel from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665.
Gilt-metal and engraved silver verge watch by James Valtrolier
Verge escapement watch by James Vautrolier. The oval gilt-metal case has profusely engraved silver covers and band. The engraved silver dial has a gilt hand. The movement has a three wheel train, pinned on balance cock and ratchet wheel set-up. The backplate has an engraved border. With original brass key and plain silver outer case. London c.1625
Exchequer standard gallon measure of Queen Elizabeth I, 1601
Weighing & Measuring
Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601. One of a series issued to 60 cities in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Compendium rule signed Humfrey Cole
Compendium rule made by Humfrey Cole in 1574, London. It is signed 'Humfrey Cole 1574'. The instrument consists of two folding arms, each of which are engraved with scales for measuring and making calculations.
Pill tile, England, 1617-1700
Earthenware pill tile, tin glazed, polychrome, octagonal and decorated with the arms of the Society of Apothecaries, Lambeth, English, 17th century
Watch movement by Thomas Tompion
Verge escapement watch movement by Thomas Tompion. The movement has a four wheel train and tulip pillars, and is signed ‘T. Tompion London 0598’ c.1692
Brass Gunter quadrant (3-inch radius) signed J M, probably John Marr, and dated 1640 with degree and trigonometric scales and volvelle on reverse side.
Sundial by Elias Allen, c.1630
A very high quality horizontal sundial, set out to show individual minutes and signed ‘Elias Allen fecit’. London, c.1630
Silver pair-cased astronomical watch
Silver pair-cased watch with astronomical indications. The matted dial plate is gilded and engraved with cherubs and has two applied silver dials. The lower dial, with blued steel hand, has a pierced centre and indicates the hours. The upper dial comprises a fixed silver ring showing the day of the month with a silver turning disc and pointer inside. The disc has five circles; the outer circle indicates the signs of the zodiac, the second the months, the third and fourth have a series of figures and the fifth shows the length of month. Also shown in separate apertures on the dial plate are indications for day of the week, moon phase and age, and high tides. Signed 'Nathan Barrow London'on the movement, but partially obscured by the balance cock and silver regulator. These appear to be later than the rest of the watch, which may have originally been made without a balance-spring. Verge escapement and three-wheel train.
Spring clock with pull quarter-repeat by Thomas Tompion
Pull quarter-repeating spring table clock numbered 243, by Thomas Tompion in an ebony veneered oak case with gilt brass mounts. The dial has been gilded and has a silvered chapter ring and subsidiary silvered dials for regulation and strike/silent. 8-day movement with latched plates, verge escapement and pull quarter-hour repeating on one bell. Signed ‘Thomas Tompion Londini fecit’. c.1695
Exchequer standard pint measure of Queen Elizabeth I, 1601
Weighing & Measuring
Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Pint Measure, dated 1601. One of a series issued to 60 cities in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Drawing instruments by Charles Whitwell
Case of drawing instruments in leather sling case made by Charles Whitwell between 1593-1610 near St. Clement's Church (without Temple Bar), London. The set contains a pair of 8-inch brass-and-steel dividers with pencil attachment, an 8-inch brass sector, 41/2-inch brass three-legged dividers (probably not original to the set and made at a later date) , a pair of 41/2-inch brass dividers and a brass scribing tool used to mark a surface on which a line is to be drawn. The sector is engraved with the initials 'C.W' for Charles Whitwell.
Silver watch in the shape of a dove by Soret et Jay
Silver-gilt verge escapement watch in the shape of a dove by Soret et Jay, Europe. The lower part of the dove hinges to form a lid for the watch, engraved with a coat of arms. The oval movement has a worm-and-wheel set-up and a screwed on balance cock. Signed ‘Soret et Jay’.
Compendium by Augustine Ryther
Compendium comprised of universal equinoctial sundial, compass and calendar made by Augustine Ryther in 1588. Signed 'A Ryther * Fecit * 1588" and incribed "WILLIAM PAWLEY OWETH THIS SAME IN ANNO DOMINI 1588".
Terrestrial globe by Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Terrestrial globe made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1599.
Albarello pharmacy jar, Spain, 1600-1625
Albarello, earthenware, from monastery of El Escorial, made at Talavera, Spain, 1600-1625, inscribed L. SAPHIRUS abbreviation of Lapis Saphirus, Latin for sapphire stone, an ingredient in several drugs; with two armorial crests. above the inscription: shield with gridiron (associated with the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, and golden crown; below the inscription: a Spanish royal crest, golden lion rampant, cross, tassels and petasus (hat). Jar made for the royal monastery at San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence) de El Escorial, commissioned by Philip II of Spain.
Sector signed John Allen
Gunter sector made by John Allen in 1623, Strand, London. It is signed 'John Allen fecit'.
Amputation saw, Europe, 1501-1600
Amputation saw, 16th century, wrought iron and steel
Pharmacy storage jar depicting St John the Baptist
Tin-glazed earthenware pharmacy storage jar, portrait of St. John the Baptist, made at Venice, Italian, 1501-1600
Drum shaped clock in a gilt-metal case, signed R.S. c.1600
Drum clock in a gilt-metal case, signed R. S. The striking movement is much altered. The foliot escapement and stackfreed are both replaced. Minute markings suggest that the clock was once equipped with a minute hand. The central dial sets the alarm.
Combined graphometer and plummet clinometer, 1663.
Combined graphometer and plummet clinometer by Christoff Kohler of Dresden, 1663
Sector by Charles Whitwell
Brass sector signed "C.W' made by Charles Whitwell between 1600-11, near St. Clement's Church (without Temple Bar), London.
Lantern clock by Peter Closon c.1655
Small weight-driven 30 hour lantern or 'house' clock with alarmwork by Peter Closon. The clock originally had a verge and balance-wheel escapement but was converted at some point to anchor and long pendulum. It would have had a twelve-hour duration. The dial is engraved with tulips with a steel hand, and is signed 'Peter Closon Neere Holburn Londini fecit'. c.1655
Early English verge watch by Michael Nouwen
An early English watch by Michael Nouwen in a finely pierced gilt-metal case. The dial has a blue enamel hour-circle and is engraved with foliage and rabbits. The hour hand is missing. The fusee movement has a four-wheel going train, verge escapement, a pinned on balance cock, (with a later repair), a steel balance, with timekeeping regulated via a worm-and-wheel set-up (with a later replaced wheel). The striking train is later. London c.1600.
Oval verge watch by G Petit c.1630
Oval verge escapement watch. Engraved gilt-brass case with an engraved silver band and winding hole with shutter. Gilt-brass dial plate with applied engraved silver dial. Movement with pinned on balance cock, signed 'G Petit Fecit'. London, c.1630.
Eight-day longcase clock by Edward East in a later marquetry case
Anchor escapement, eight-day, striking longcase by Edward East London. The oak case, veneered in walnut and floral marquetry, has been altered to fit the movement, which is earlier. The 9¼-inch brass dial has a narrow silvered hour circle with minute figures at every 5, engraved spandrels, and is signed 'Edwardus East Londini'. The two-train movement has count-wheel striking and bolt-and-shutter maintaining power. The movement dates to around 1675 and the case c.1685.
Gear wheel from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Brass gear wheel and pinion from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665.
Samuel Morland's calculating machine
Calculating machine designed by Sir Samuel Morland in 1666 with leather case, made between 1666-1695.. Inscribed: 'Samuel Morland Inventor 1666'. Probably made by Humphrey Adamson in Holborn, London, but not signed.
Exchequer standard yard of Queen Elizabeth I, 1588
Weighing & Measuring
Elizabeth's Exchequer "End" standard yard, (rectangular bronze bar, broken and repaired)
Handheld reading lens and case
Handheld reading lens and leather case, maker unknown, 1680-1700.
Verge escapement watch movement by Ahasuerus Fromanteel
Verge escapement watch movement, without dial. Signed on backplate ‘Fromanteel’. The fusee arbor comes through the foot of the balance cock, which has two screws. by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, Holland, c. 1685.
Objective lens by John Reeves
Objective lens of 2¼ inch aperture I wooden mount, made by John Reeves, Long Acre, London, 1657-1689.
Robert Hooke type microscope
Compound microscope designed by Robert Hooke, 1671-1700 and thought to have been made by Christopher Cock, Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, but not signed. Part of an accessory for manipulating specimens has survived and the objective lens is a modern replacement made in 1965.
wheel cutting machine
Hand and Machine Tools
Early clock-wheel cutting machine made by Humphrey Marsh, England, 1668-1672.
Gunter sector signed Elias Allen
Brass Gunter sector made by Elias Allen in 1623, near St Clement's Church (without Temple Bar), London. It is signed 'Elias Allen fecit 1623.'
Glass pestle and mortar, Europe, 1601-1700
Glass mortar and pestle, possibly 17th century
Morland's calculating machine, engraved "Samuel Morland, Inventor, 1666"
Morland's calculating machine, engraved "Samuel Morland, Inventor, 1666"; in leather box Humphrey Adamson, mathemtical instrument maker active 1668-1676, made the calculating machine invented by Samuel Morland.
Silver form watch, in the shape of a cockle shell by Richard Masterson, c.1630
Form watch by Richard Masterson, The Royal Exchange, London c.1630. Oval case made of silver, cast in the form of a cockle-shell, with raised ridges on both sides of the case, radiating from the case joint. Shutter for winding hole, made of plain silver. Plain silver dial with small engraved hour circle and steel hour hand. Verge escapement, with steel two arm balance. Pinned-on, pierced and engraved balance cock. Ratchet wheel set-up for mainspring. Three wheel train. Fusee with gut-line. Back plate with engraved border, and signed ‘Ri Masterson at the Exchange Fecit’.
Pre-balance-spring era watch movement by Thomas Tompion c.1671
Pre-balance-spring era watch movement by Thomas Tompion, with a long screwed-on balance cock and worm-and-wheel set-up. A high quality fusee movement, with no pinion having less than 6 leaves. Signed 'Thomas Tompion, London' in flowing script c.1671
Gold verge watch with red and blue champlevé enamel dial by Edward East
Gold verge escapement watch with a red and blue champlevé enamel dial by Edward East. The fusee movement has a three wheel train, pinned on balance cock and ratchet wheel set-up. Signed ‘Eduardus East Londini’. c.1650