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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'.
Model of early manual fire engine, ca. 1680.
Model of early manual fire engine, ca. 1680.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Pocket watch by Thomas Tompion
Pocket watch with cylinder escapement and tortoiseshell case made by Thomas Tompion, Fleet Street, London, between 1675 and 1700. Inscribed 'T. Tompion London 3' on the movement and inscribed 'Graham' on the dial.
Telescope by John Marshall
Refracting seven-draw telescope made by John Marshall, Ludgate Street, London, 1685-1695.
Early balance spring watch by Thomas Tompion
Early balance spring pocket watch in silver case made by Thomas Tompion, Fleet Street, London, England, 1675-79. The watch features an unusual dial showing minutes on the main dial and two subsidiary dials for the hours (in the upper position) and seconds (in the lower position). The subsidiary dial for hours indicates up to six hours in each cycle.
Oval shape serving bottle
Serving bottle, oval shape, of German origin, c. 1700
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.
Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by Ignatius Huggeford
Silver pair-cased verge escapement watch by Ignatius Huggeford, with an outer case of tortoiseshell studded with silver. The dial has a rotating day-of-month rim, heart-shaped hour plaques and a steel arrow hand. The movement has a four-wheel train, worm-and-wheel set-up with silver regulator disc and a blued-steel balance cock with large ruby/glass 'endstone'. Signed 'Ignatius Huggeford Londini'. Made c.1675.
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.
Longcase clock movement by Thomas Bradford c. 1692
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
Telescope by Christopher Cock
Refracting five-draw telescope made by Christopher Cock, Long Acre, London, 1673. Inscribed ‘Christopher Cock Londini 1673’. The tube is decorated in gold designs on red vellum and features a royal coat of arms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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'.
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”
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 (?)
Female alms box figure from Bethlem Hospital, England, 1671-1681
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Female almsbox figure from Bethlem Hospital ("Bedlam"), 1676(?)
Mummy of a crocodile, Egypt, 2000-1001 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Mummified crocodile, no provenance, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BCE.
star and sundial, Dutch, 1681
Combined star and sun (altitude) dial, signed Anthony Sneewins, Delft, Holland, dated 1681.
Musschenbroek hand microscope, Netherlands, 1671-1700
Musschenbroek hand microscope, Dutch, late 17th century
Simple theodolite, Italian, 1676
Simple theodolite by Johannes Macarius of Modena, Italy, 1676
Oil jar, Egypt, 1580-1350BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware oil jar, Egyptian, probably New Kingdom, 1580-1350BC
Sterling silver posset pot, London, England, 1698
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Sterling silver posset pot with two handles, spout and lid, hallmarked in London, by William Andrews, English, 1698
Silver and tortoiseshell watch pair-cased watch with differential dial by John Ferrers
Silver and tortoiseshell pair-cased watch by John Ferrers c.1695. The outer case is covered in tortoiseshell and decorared with silver pins and disks. The inner case is of plain silver. The silver champlevé dial has a minute band around the outer edge, and a central rotating disc displaying the hours, marked I-XII. Between the minutes and the hour disc is a band with a repoussé trophy of arms and name plaque below, signed 'Ferrers, London'. Single steel hand. Movement with verge escapement, and signed on the backplate ‘Jno. Ferrers London’.
Memento mori ring, United Kingdom, 1692
Gold memento mori ring, set with a circular transparent stone which contains an image of a skull and cross bones, inscribed, 1692
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC.
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC
A wooden cross-staff (possibly of hornbeam) made by Hamon, Saint-Malo, France, 1687. The original vanes are missing. Signed and dated on side one: Hamon . A . St. Malo 1687. The scales are from 90° to 33° (side one), from 90° to 11° (side three), and from 90° to 22° (side four); the maximum reading accuracy is 15' for each side. Only vague traces of the graduation on side two are visible. Graduated for altitude only; only the side number for side one is visible. The graduation runs from right to left, the sequence of the sides is 4, 3, 2, 1. Three modern wooden vanes, for the 30-, 60- and 90-degree sides.
Engraving of the Oxford Physic Garden, England, 1675
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Engraving of the Oxford Physic Garden by David Loggan, 1675, from 'Oxonia Illustrata'