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Watchman's clock: M.229-1973

Object information

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Clockmaker: Anonymous




Watchman's clock, with friction-tight pins, based on an invention of John Whitehurst of Derby; 8 day timepiece with chain fuse and anchor escapement.

Dial: Conventional silvered dial with roman numerals and blued steel spade hands. Behind this dial, a rotat¬ing silvered ring engraved with roman numerals for the hours and carrying 72 equally spaced friction-tight pins, that is one for each ten minutes. This is based on an invention of John Whitehurst of Derby.

Movement: 8 day timepiece movement with chain fusee and anchor escapement. Geared winding so that the square is in a bushed hole in the case below the dial. Fitted with a mechanism to depress any pin as it reaches the 12 o'clock position. An operating rod and plunger, now missing, were used to operate the pins from outside the building.

Case: Solid mahogany, flat-topped and with floral carving in mahogany on the lower front. 7 inch brass bezel arranged to be secured with a hasp and padlock on the left hand side. Recessed brass lifting handle on top of case. Height without handle 12 1/2 inches.

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.8 cm
Height: 12½ in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought


19th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1850 : probably

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Case composed of mahogany
Bezel composed of brass (alloy)
Handle composed of brass (alloy)

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.229-1973
Primary reference Number: 167416
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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