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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.'
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
Albarello drug jar
Albarello, possibly from Laterza, deeply waisted and decorated with the emblem of the Franciscan order in a baroque frame, with the initials S.N.S. below, polychrome, 1600-1700
Longcase clock movement by Thomas Bradford
Longcase clock movement by Thomas Bradford, London 8-day movement with latched plates and five pillars, anchor escapement and inside count-wheel striking. The 11-inch brass dial has cherub spandrels, applied chapter and seconds rings and date-work. c.1692
Watch with faceted oval rock crystal case and protective outer case by John Ramsay
Verge escapement watch with faceted oval rock crystal case and protective outer case by John Ramsay, c.1625. The protective outer case is of gilt metal. The watch's main case is made from three pieces of rock crystal; two cut into facets to form the covers, and the third carved to form the body of the case. The crystal pieces are set in a gilt-metal frame enamelled in white and green. The dial is made from cloisonné white enamel with flowers, with a gold chapter ring and a blued steel hand. The movement has a verge escapement, a train of three wheels, a screwed-on balance cock and worm and wheel set-up. The movement is signed 'John Ramsay fecit'.
Pulley from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Pulley from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665.
Silver sundial by Hunfrey Cole
Silver altitude sundial made and signed by Humfray Cole, London, 1568-1590. It was made for use in latitude 51°30 secs, in which London is located,
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’.
Model of early manual fire engine, ca. 1680.
Model of early manual fire engine, ca. 1680.
Tin-glazed earthenware syrup jar
Tin-glazed earthenware syrup jar, polychrome decoration, possibly from Castelli, probably 17th century
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
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".
Combined graphometer and plummet clinometer, 1663.
Combined graphometer and plummet clinometer by Christoff Kohler of Dresden, 1663
Gear wheel from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Brass gear wheel and pinion from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665.
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.
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.
Compendium by Elias Allen
Compendium consisting of a sundial, companss and calendar indices made by Elias Allen between 1630 and 1653, near St. Clement's Church close to the Strand, London. Inscribed: "Elias Allen fecit" and outer lid engraved with the royal coat of arms.
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’.
Pair of seventeenth-century dividers
Pair of 121/2 inch dividers made during the seventeenth century, maker and place of production unknown.
Telescope by John Marshall
Refracting seven-draw telescope made by John Marshall, Ludgate Street, London, 1685-1695.
Escape wheel from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Brass anchor escape wheel from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665..
Verge watch by Peter Debaufre with later modification by Alexander Cumming, London
Verge escapement watch with pirouette by Peter Debaufre, in a silver case with small aperture to show balance. Outer case missing. The silver dial has raised figures with blued steel beetle and poker hands and a subsidiary seconds dial with decorative pierced hand. The movement has a stop piece engaging with the contrate wheel, and the balance cock has a rim with two thin arms to show the pirouette balance which has a spring with 4 turns. A 'pirouette' is a device in which the balance is not on the same axis as the verge, but on a separate arbor and geared to the verge, so that it turns more rapidly. In this case a wheel of 60 teeth on the verge-staff gears with a pinion of 6 leaves on the balance-staff which thus has an arc of about 2½ turns. Signed 'Peter Debaufre London' (Peter is under the foot of the cock). C. 1700.
Oval crystal-cased verge watch with outer case and ribbon with miniature and locket by A Senebier
Crystal oval shaped watch by A. Senebier, with a protective outer case covered in shark-skin, and a ribbon with an enamel miniature of Charles I attached. On the reverse of the portrait, between a skull and a crown, is the date of his execution ‘C.R. Jan. 30. 1648’. Also attached to the ribbon is a lock of hair contained inside a crystal locket, and a gold charm in the shape of a lyre. The faceted crystal of the watch case is set in an engraved gilt-metal rim. The gilt dial is engraved with flowers, with the chapter ring applied as a silver disc, with an engraved lake scene in the centre. The fusee movement has a three-wheel train and ratchet wheel set-up. The balance cock was originally pinned-on. Geneva c.1630
Black and white enamel verge watch by Goullons, Paris
A gold verge escapement watch with a black and white enamel case by Goullons, Paris c.1650. The white dial is similarly decorated with enamel in its centre. The movement has a three wheel train, a worm-and-wheel set-up and a balance cock nearly covering the entire balance.
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.
Ivory tool handle, signed Tho. Tompion Fecit
Late 17th century ivory handle for a tool, signed 'Tho. Tompion Fecit'.
Lantern clock by Francis Forman
A lantern, or house clock of twelve hours duration with (replaced) balance escapement. Mannerist frame. The dial engraved with naïve floral pattern and grotesque mask. Characteristic reversed ‘X’s from nine to twelve o’clock. The frets bear the mark of the brass founder ‘I.S.’ or ‘S.I.’. Signed ‘Francis Foreman at St. Paules gate’. London, c.1630.
Tin-glazed earthenware jug, polychrome decoration, illustrates administration of an enema, with inscription, Spanish. The inscription translated reads, 'I am Don Joaquin Hernandez's jar. Through intense devotion to my constitution I find myself on this occasion shamefully syringed at the hands of a serf.'
Replica of Torricelli's first barometer, 1643.
Replica, Torricelli's first closed cistern barometer, Rome, Italy, 1643
Papier-mâché acupuncture figure, Japan, 1601-1700
Papier mache acupuncture figure, Japanese
Hand brand, for use on felons or deserters, England, 1642-1649
Hand brand, for use on felons or deserters, used by British army, unsigned, English, 1642-1649
print. engraving and etching. CAROLVS II. SOCIETATIS REGALIS AVTHOR & PATRONVS - SOCIETATIS PRAESES - ARTIVM INSTAVRATOR Evelyn inv D.D.C.; Wenceslaus Hollar f.1667. [London] [J. Martyn] 1667. [trimmed to] 20x16.5cm. Frontispiece from 4to version of first edition of: History of the Royal Society of London, for the improving of natural knowledge/Thomas Sprat. - London, T.R. for J. Martyn, 1667. The frontispiece consisting of the arms of the Royal Society appeared in editions of 1667, 1702 and 1722, but was omitted from the fourth edition of 1734. This second frontispiece appeared only in the larger impressions of the first edition of 1667. Portraits; Bust of Charles II, patron of the Royal Society, upon an inscribed pedestal and crowned by the figure of Fame. Supported to l. by Viscount Brouncker, first President of the Society; to r. by Sir Francis Bacon, instigator of concept of a society of scientists and philosophers in The New Atlantis. Above, the coat of arms of the Society. In gallery setting, opening to world beyond, amid books and various scientific Instruments. Charles II, King of Great Britain 1630-1685. Bacon, Francis. Hollar, Wenceslaus 1607-1677.
Bed pan, England, 1501-1700
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Bed pan, green glazed earthenware, English, 16th or 17th century
'De humani corporis fabrica' by Vesalius, published Basel, Switerland, 1555
Book, Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica, second edition, 1555
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'.
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'.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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’.