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Explore some of the many objects in the Clockmakers' Museum, which tells the story of clock and watchmaking in London and the British Isles from c.1600 to the present day.
Portrait of Edward East
Portrait miniature, believed to be of Edward East, c.1650. Artist unknown
Silver verge escapement watch with sun and moon dial, by H Adamson.
Silver pair-cased verge escapement watch with silver ‘sun and moon’ dial by Humphry Adamson, London
A selection of watch keys from the 17th to the 19th centuries
A selection of watch keys held in 10 frames, of both British and European manufacture from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Working model of the co-axial escapement built by George Daniels
Electrically powered demonstration model of the Co-axial escapement by George Daniels. Isle of Man c.1985.
Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his ascent of Mount Everest 1953
Wristwatch by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. Steel waterproof case by the Dennison Watch Case Co. Silvered dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and signed ‘Smiths De Luxe'. 15 jewel lever-escapement movement. Cheltenham, England, 1953.
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’.
Gold and enamel pair-cased quarter-repeating cylinder watch by Thomas Mudge
Gold and enamel pair-cased, quarter-repeating, cylinder escapement watch, by Thomas Mudge. The outer case has a blue enamel floral decoration against a gold ground, the inner is pierced and engraved. Signed on the movement ‘Tho. Mudge London 220’.Signed on the dust cap 'Tho Mudge London'. Hallmarked for 1755.
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.
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
Wax portrait of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780 – 1854)
Wax portrait of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) by Richard Cockle Lucas 1851
Travelling 'coach' watch by Edward East
Verge escapement travelling coach watch movement, with striking and alarm by Edward East, London Gilt dial plate with engraved border and silver hour ring. Large alarm disc covered with flowers and foliage. Oval pierced balance cock, screwed to the plate. Silver count wheel. Chain and fusee. Four wheel train. Signed ‘Eduardus East, London’. Mid-17th century.
Souscription watch, by A-L. Breguet.
Gold-cased ‘souscription’ watch by A-L. Breguet, Paris, France, c.1805. Gold case stamped ‘442’ and ‘B1411’. White enamel ‘souscription’ dial with hour hand only. No 'secret' signature present as is usual for Breguet. Ruby cylinder escapement of Breguet’s special type. Compensation curb. Brass balance. Parachute. Signed on the movement ‘Breguet No. 1411’.
Ivory tool handle, signed Tho. Tompion Fecit
Late 17th century ivory handle for a tool, signed 'Tho. Tompion Fecit'.
Terrestrial globe by John and William Cary, London
Pocket terrestrial globe by John and William Cary, London, c.1791.
Chronometer escapement in domed glazed case by William T. Heyes
Chronometer escapement mounted as an exhibition model and housed in a domed glazed case. Made by William T. Hayes.
Quarter repeating gold watch with guilloche enamelled case by L'Epine, Paris.
Gold and guilloche enamel case depicting a fishing scene bordered by white pastes on the rear. White enamel dial, perhaps replaced, with gilt hands. There is a winding apperture at II o'clock. Quarter-repeating movement. Verge escapement. Signed ‘L’Epine A Paris No. 998’.
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
Marine chronometer by John Arnold and Son
Spring detent escapement marine chronometer by John Arnold & Son, London. Held in a wooden octagonal case without gimbals. 4 inch silvered dial. Helical balance-spring with terminal curves. OZ balance. Signed ‘John Arnold & Son, London No. 92 Invt. et Fect’ c.1795.
Table chronometer in a gilt-metal and glazed case by Victor Kullburg
Spring-detent platform escapement table chronometer by Victor Kullberg. Gilt brass and glazed case. Silvered dial with subsidiary seconds and up-and-down indicator. 8-day fusee movement. Spring-detent platform escapement with helical spring and compensation balance. Signed ‘Victor Kullberg London 3973’. Engraved on the case ‘In memoriam Thomas Ogilvy, Corrimony 30th July 1877’.
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA (1820 – 1901)
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA, by D. A. Werschmidt
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
Under-painted horn pair-cased watch by George Flote
Pair-cased verge escapement watch by George Flote, the inner case of gilt-metal the outer covered with horn and under-painted with the arms of the Clockmakers’ Company. White enamel dial with gold coloured hands. Engraved and pierced balance cock, signed ‘Geoe. Flote London 1790’. c.1800 Clockmakers' Museum No. 279
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
Gold lever watch by George Blackie
Lever escapement watch by George Blackie in a gold engine-turned case. White enamel dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and up-and-down indicator. Helical balance-spring. Signed ‘Geoe. Blackie fecit 392, Strand, London No. 742’. Engraved on the back plate ‘Nelthropp prize winner 1873’. Hallmarked for 1873.
Verge watch in Staffordshire enamelled case by Ann Phillips
Verge escapement watch with gilt-metal Staffordshire enamelled case by Ann Phillips White enamel dial with gold hands, and winding achieved through an aperture in the dial. Engraved and pierced balance cock, signed ‘Ann Phillips, London 1778’. c.1790
Pivoted-detent escapement watch by Larcum Kendall 1786-7
Silver pair-cased pivoted detent escapement watch by Larcum Kendall, in which the passing spring is operated by an inclined plane on the balance staff. White enamel dial with subsidiary dials for hours and seconds. Brass balance with spiral bi-metallic compensation curb, Signed 'L. Kendall London B+y', London, hallmarked 1786-7
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'.
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
Prototype watch movement with co-axial escapement by Patek Philippe
Prototype watch movement with Co-axial escapement by Patek Philippe, Switzerland, c.1981 One of three exceptionally slender wristwatch movements with coaxial escapements, made by the Research and Development Department of Patek Philippe, to assess George Daniels' escapement’s performance.
Portrait of Thomas Vickery (1882 – 1945)
Portrait of Thomas Vickery (1882 – 1945) by unknown artist, possibly Vickery himself, 1936.
Spring clock in walnut case by Henry Jones
Spring table clock by Henry Jones, in a walnut veneered oak case. The dial has been gilded and has a silvered chapter ring and a calendar aperture. 8-day fusee movement with verge escapement and short pendulum. Latched plates. Count-wheel striking. Sparsely engraved backplate signed ‘Henry Jones in ye Temple’. London, c.1675.
Watch in a puddingstone, gold and diamond case by John Le Roux
Verge escapement watch with a puddingstone and gold consular case, inset with rose diamonds, by John Leroux. White enamel dial with gold hands and dial winding. Movement signed ‘Jno. Leroux, London 351’. Late 18th century.
Triple-cased quarter-repeater watch by Paul du Pin
Triple cased, verge escapement, quarter-repeater watch by Paul Du Pin. The middle and inner cases are of gold, and the outer covered in leather. The middle case is formed in high relief repoussée and signed ‘Moser’, the inner case is pierced and engraved. White enamel dial with gold beetle hands. Repeats on bell in the bezel of the middle case. Dust cap. Signed ‘Paul du Pin London 1530’. Hallmarked 1739 – 40
Gold watch made for Queen Amelie of France by Henri Motel
Gold engine-turned case. White enamel dial signed ‘hri Motel hges de la Marine Rle No. 48’ with subsidiary seconds. Steel hands. Mahogany deck box with silver plate inscribed ‘Don de la Reine Amelie H H’. Cuvette engraved with equation-of-time table. Pivoted detent escapement. Four-arm compensation balance, conical balance spring without terminal curve. Jewelled to centre. Paris, c.1840
Box of escapement finisher's tools
Box of escapement finisher's tools used by William Heyes, London, early 20th century.
Gold pair-cased verge repeater watch by William Webster
Pierced and engraved gold pair-cased verge escapement repeater watch by William Webster. The gold dial has raised hour figures and large minute figures, a sunk centre with name plaques and steel hands. Repeats on bell or pulse piece. Signed ‘Willm. Webster Exchange Alley London 1033’. Early 18th century
Spring clock in ebony case by Samuel Knibb
Spring table clock by Samuel Knibb in an ebony veneered oak case. The dial is 9 1/4 inch square, and engraved with spring flowers. 8-day fusee movement with verge escapement and short pendulum. Hour and half-hour count-wheel striking. Latched plates. Sparse engraving on backplate. Signed ‘Samuel Knibb Londini fecit.’ Westminster, c.1666.
Silver and leather pair-cased verge watch by Charles Gretton
Pierced and engraved silver pair-cased verge escapement watch by Charles Gretton with the outer case of leather studded with silver The silver dial has long hour figures with a steel hand and a central alarm disk with steel pointer. The movement has a small balance wheel and spring of two turns. London, c.1690.
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855)
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855) by Richard Cockle Lucas, London, 1852.
Portrait of Benjamin Gray (1676 – 1764)
Portrait of Benjamin Gray (1676 – 1764), oil on canvas, attributed to J. Davison, mid 18th century.
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
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.
Portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy (1712 – 1797)
Oil on canvas portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy (1712 – 1797).
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’.
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
Flintlock pistol belonging to John Roger Arnold
20-bore flintlock pistol with gold-lined touch-hole and pan, signed 'I. Wilkins' and monogrammed with the initials JRA. Stamped with tower proof mark and fitted with a belt hook. English, c.1770 – 1780.
Prototype for the 'Anniversary' wristwatch by George Daniels and Roger Smith
Prototype wristwatch dial and case by George Daniels and Roger Smith. 18 carat rose gold case. Engine-turned silver dial with gold chapter-rings and gold hands. Displayed on the dial is a subsiduary seconds dial, calendar and a power reserve indicator. Isle of Man, 2010
Eight-day astronomical longcase clock by Thomas Vickery
Dead-beat escapement longcase clock by Thomas Vickery in a solid oak case. The painted brass dial shows the hours and minutes, equation-of-time, times of sunrise and sunset, the age and phases of the moon, position of the principal constellations, the sun' s place in the ecliptic and has a perpetual calendar. The three-train movement strikes the hours and chimes the quarters. The musical train plays every three hours, a different tune every day: a hymn each Sunday. The tunes chosen are those played by Bath Abbey clock, Bath being Vickery’s birthplace. Seconds pendulum with invar rod. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 1931