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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’.
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, backplate signed 'Sinclare. Dublin. 146'.
Watch movement with a quarter-repeating mechanism of early design by Thomas Tompion.
Watch movement with a quarter repeating mechanism of early design, by Thomas Tompion, c. 1691-2. Dial missing. Verge escapement, balance spring with 5 turns. Tulip pillars. Signed 'Tho. Tompion, London'.
Terrestrial globe by John Senex
Twelve-inch terrestrial globe made by John Senex, Fleet Street, London, 1738. Inscribed: ‘A new and correct Globe of the Earth together with a view of the general and coasting trade winds, monsoons etc. Laid down according to the newest discoveries and from the most exact observations by John Senex, F.R.S. Sold by him at the Globe against St. Dunstans Church in Fleet Street, 1738.’
Magnetic compass and sundial by Henry Sutton
Folding pocket compass and sundial in boxwood case made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1650-1665.
Tin-glazed earthenware syrup jar
Tin-glazed earthenware syrup jar, polychrome decoration, possibly from Castelli, probably 17th century
Large domestic tin-glazed earthenware storage jar bearing arms of 63rd Grand Master of Knights of St. John of Malta, probably Italian, dated 1714
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
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
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
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
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.
Silver pair-cased verge escapement watch by Benjamin Wolverstone
Pair-cased verge escapement watch by Benjamin Wolverstone, London, c.1670. Silver dial with gilt engraved border and silver hour ring. In the centre of the dial is a silver alarm disk with steel pointer; the centre of this is filled with red wax. Steel hand with long tail. Oval balance-cock without rim. Worm and wheel set-up regulator with openwork cover. Signed on the movement ‘Ben Woluerstone Londini’. Outer case covered in leather and studded with silver pins. Inner case made of pierced and engraved silver in a flower and foliage design.
Verge watch by Daniel Quare, in a polychrome enamel case signed 'Les Frères Huaud'
Watch by Daniel Quare c.1712, contained in a painted polychrome enamel case signed ‘Les Frères Huaud’ with a yellow enamel painted interior. Silver repoussé dial with a Huaud enamel plaque in centre. Dial winding at 3 o'clock. Steel hands. Verge escapement with broad-foot winged balance cock. Movement signed 'Quare, London'.
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.
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.
Orrery made for the Earl of Orrery
Orrery or planetary model, c. 1712, made for Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, Fleet Street, London. The instrument was copied from one made by George Graham, and termed ‘orrery’ after its purchaser.
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.
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
Barber's shaving bowl, Netherlands, 1701-1750
Public Health & Hygiene
Barber's shaving bowl, tin glazed earthenware, decorated with tools of trade and owner's name, Dutch, 1701-1750
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’.
Sector signed John Allen
Gunter sector made by John Allen in 1623, Strand, London. It is signed 'John Allen fecit'.
Verge escapement watch movement with balance-spring regulator, by John Shaw
Verge escapement watch movement with later enamel dial by John Shaw. One half of the balance-cock table is engraved ‘To Increase the figure will make it goe faster & to Decrease it slower’. The other half of the table is cut away to reveal the balance-spring with a regulating device for adjusting the length of the balance-spring. Beneath this is engraved 'Slower, Faster' and a scale of I-V in an arc. The backplate is signed ‘John Shaw, Holborn, 546’. London c.1690.
Drug jar for cinchona bark
Tin glazed earthenware pharmacy vase, decorated with apostles and for cinchona bark, Castelli ?, Italian, 1701-1730
Statue of St Mary Magdalene
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Wooden figure of saint Mary Magdalene as a penitent, invoked against plague, ulcers and for children slow or weak, possibly Spanish, 1601-1750
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.
Gold and leather pair-cased quarter-repeater cylinder watch by George Graham
Gold pair-cased, quarter-repeater, cylinder escapement watch by George Graham. The inner case with edge pierced and engraved, the outer covered with leather studded with gold. White enamel dial with steel beetle hands. Signed dust cap, scratched on the inside with the number 883. Pierced and engraved balance cock with diamond endstone. Quarter-repeating on bell. Signed ‘Geo. Graham London 883’, hallmarked for 1745 – 6
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.
Gold pair-cased watch with gold champleve dial, by Daniel Quare
Plain gold pair case, probably of a later date to the movement (c.1728) with case maker's stamp IR. Gold champlevé dial with aperture for dial winding. Blued steel hour hand and minute hand shaped to avoid protruding squares through dial. Verge escapement movement. Balance cock with solid engraved foot and diamond endstone. Signed on movement ‘Daniel Quare London 3720’. Clockmakers Museum No. 126
Culpeper microscope with boxfoot made by George Adams in 1738
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.
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
Cuff type microscope on the Marshall pattern, signed by Marshall in the drawer, English, early 18th century
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.
Gunter quadrant, maker unknown, made in England, 1650-1725. Mounted on to a mahogany base.
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.
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.'
wheel cutting machine
Hand and Machine Tools
Early clock-wheel cutting machine made by Humphrey Marsh, England, 1668-1672.
Handheld reading lens and case
Handheld reading lens and leather case, maker unknown, 1680-1700.
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.
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.
Ogee moulding plane
Hand and Machine Tools
5/8" Ogee moulding plane, c. 1720, by Robert Wooding