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Gunter quadrant by Walter Hayes
Gunter quadrant with lead plumb bob made by Walter Hayes, Moorfields, London, 1648-1687. Signed with the monogram of Walter Hayes.
Horary quadrant by Henry Sutton
Horary quadrant made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1658.
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
Pair-cased verge watch by Anna Adamson
Pair-cased verge escapement watch by Anna Adamson, the inner case of gilt metal and the outer covered in leather with some pinwork. White enamel dial with steel hands. Fusee movement with balance cock pierced and engraved in a pattern of lilies. Signed ‘Anna Adamson fecit’ c.1690.
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.
Silver star-shaped verge watch by David Ramsay
A verge escapement watch by David Ramsay, with an engraved silver case in the shape of a six-pointed star. The engraved dial is signed ‘de Heck Sculp'. The fusee movement has a pinned-on balance cock and ratchet wheel set-up. Signed ‘David Ramsay, Scotus me fecit’ c.1625
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.
Pulley from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Pulley from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665.
Lantern clock by Francis Forman c.1630
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.
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
Telescope by John Yarwell.
Refracting eight-draw telescope made by John Yarwell, Ludgate Street, London, 1685-1695. Inscribed ‘'John Yarwell, Fecit’. The tube is decorated in gold designs on green vellum and features a royal coat of arms.
Slide rule by Robert Bissaker
Slide rule made by Robert Bissaker in 1654, Radcliffe (now Wapping), London. Signed 'Robert Bissaker 1654 For T W'. It is the earliest-known dated straight slide rule.
Napier's Bones, c.1690.
Set of Napier's rods in boxwood case John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, also invented this aid to calculation known as 'Napier's Bones' in 1617. The 'bones' consist of a set of rectangular rods, each marked with a counting number at the top, and the multiples of that number down their lengths. When aligned against the row of multiples as shown, any multiple of the top number can be read off from right to left by adding the digits in each parallelogram in the appropriate row. Multiplication is thus reduced to addition.
Very large bronze mortar
Very large bronze mortar, moulded body, flared rim and cornice foot with inscription, 2 projecting handles possibly "Marriage Mortar", German (?), 1666
Frame saw,18 t.p.i. late 17th century.
Hand and Machine Tools
Frame saw,18 t.p.i. late 17th century.
Trade card for John Yarwell, optician, London, England, 1697
Trade card: John Yarwell, at the Archimedes and 3 pair of Golden Spectacles in Ludgate Street, the Shop next Ludgate, London, Makes True Spectacles and other optical instruments.1697. (Calv. 461)
Hendrik van der Borcht
Print, framed and mounted, not glazed, etching, portrait of Elias Allen ELIAS ALLEN. Apud Anglos Cantianus, iuxta Tunnbridge natus, Mathematicis Instrumentis aere incidendis sui temporis Artifex ingeniosissimus, Obijt Londini, prope finem Mensis Martij, Anno a Christo nato 1653, suaeque aetatis, H. Van der Borcht pinxit; W. Hollar fect. [London] [1653?] 1 print, etching, [trimmed to] platemark 24.3x17cm., Portrait, HL to R, with instruments including theodolite sections, dividers, horizontal sundial and universal equatorial ring dial; on wall, sector quadrant and tools. Ref: Parthey 1338; O'Donoghue, 1
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.
Ivory and horn anatomical model of the eye, Italy, 1674
Ivory and horn artificial eye, complete with eyelids, by Giovanni Batista Verle of Venice
Verge watch in inner and outer case
Verge watch in silver inner case, shagreen outer case, by Theo. Fisher, London, no.2, about 1700, donated by Evan Roberts in 1916
Horn framed reading lens with tooled leather case
Horn framed reading lens with tooled leather case, 1680-1690
Horary quadrant by Henry Sutton
Horary quadrant consisting of front and reverse paper scales and wooden board made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1658.
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'.
Multiplying spectacles, 1650
Multiplying spectacles, consisting of a pair of rock crystal 'lenses', each with 24 facets, in a gilt metal frame, 17th-18th century.
Cylindrical form of Napier's bones
Original Napier's Rods, cylindrical arrangement in wooden box with ten figured rollers; inside lid inscribed "This box was the identical property of the author of ye Logs, Napier 1824" (wire, hingeing lid to box, broken) from the library of the Lord Napier and Ettrick
James Watt's Garret Workshop
1 Dictionariolum Latino-Graeco-Gallicum. By A. Roven MDCLXXIX. No cover 6 ¾” x 4½”
Whole model, full rigged, of ship of the line, H.M.S. 'Prince'
Contemporary whole rigged (rigged in Museum) model, scale 1:48, of English 1st rate ship of the line of 100/90 guns HMS 'Prince' (1670), showing hull construction method, designed by Peter Pett and made by Chatham Dockyard,
Wax model of a plague scene, Europe, 1657
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Wax model of plague scene in form of a heavily framed plaque, made by Gregorius Lenti, 1657, frame probably 18th century, thus European, 1657
Spring-driven pendulum clock
A Bracket clock by Isaac Thuret, made while he was in Paris, France, 1665-1681.
Leather covered perfume case, Netherlands, 1671-1700
Leather covered wooden case, hinged lid, containing 4 glass bottles, a metal funnel and measure, Dutch, possibly late 17th century
Male alms box figure from Bethlem Hospital, England, 1671-1681
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Male almsbox figure from Bethlem Hospital ('Bedlam'), 1676 (?)
Storage jar used for Fumitory Water, Italy, 1640-1660
Syrup jug, Italian, fine example from Deruta, mid c17, polychrome maiolica, used for earth smoke water
Surgical instrument set with case, England, 1650-1700
Silver mounted fishskin instrument case, with instruments, bearing arms of Barber-Surgeons' Company, English, 1650-1700
Clay tobacco pipe, London, England, 1620
Clay tobacco pipe, incomplete, part of stem missing, spur knocked off, missing, thick stem, stub of spur, small squat pronounced forward leaning bowl, line of thin narrow hatched milling, London, 1620
Albarello drug jar, Sicily, 1640
Albarello vase, example of a firing disaster, showing a turbanned Arab man, unsigned, Italy, 1640
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
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.
English horary quadrant, 1623-1700
English brass Gunter quadrant, 17th century (4-1/2 inch radius) with degree scale and shadow square. Unsigned but design, lettering and decoration identical to 1938-386.
Spring-driven pendulum clock by Johannes van Ceulen of The Hague, c. 1695
Pendulum bracket clock, spring driven, with black japanned wooden case by Johannes van Ceulen of the Hague, Netherlands, 1670-1680.
Bronze plaque, Italy, 1655-1667
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Bronze plaque set up to celebrate the extinction of the plague in Rome, by Pope Alexander VII, Italian, 1655-1667
Set of thirty Napier's brass rods in tin case
Set of thirty Napier's brass Rods in tin case, (three of the rods signed 'Geo Brown'), by George Brown, Scotland, 1670-1699. From the Library of the Lord Napier and Ettrick (see note).
French armillary astrolabe, 1661
Astronomical circles, or armillary astrolabe by Pierre Sevin, Paris and dated 1661. The astrolabe plate has a Gemma Frisius universal projection with pointer on one side while on the reverse there is a shadow dial with unequal scale and a sighting vane. One sight missing, cleaned and laquered by Chief Attendant W.E. Page 29/7/27. He made and added a small brass key piece which was missing
Early pendulum clock by Salomon Coster, c.1657.
"Haagsche Klokje" by Salomon Coster (1657-59)
Albarello drug jar for Bread Crust Poultice, Italy, 1662
Albarello, South or Central Italy, deeply waisted, decorated with a shield with the initials "R.O.", heavy crude stylized foliage and stripes, labelled EMPO.CR[OS?]TA.PANE ( Bread crust poultice), dated 1662
Albarello drug jar, Sicily, 1629
Tin-glazed earthenware drug jar, polychrome decoration, from Sicily, 1629
Albarello drug jar for horse fat, Italy, 1620
Tin-glazed earthenware albarello, polychrome used for horse fat, possibly Castel Durante, Italian, 1620
Posset pot, England, 1651
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Posset pot, tin glazed earthenware, with monogram and date, English, 1651