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Champenois, Raymond (Maker)


Verge silver watch in skull-shaped case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Champenois A Paris'. Balance cock with pierced and engraved oval table and foot. Steel balance. Set up endless screw with silver dial over brass worm wheel, having radial Arabic numbers 1 to 6. Blued steel worm brackets with trellis feet and index. Rectangular fusee iron post, lyre shape on end. Blued steel case bolt with spring having vertical decorative foot. Rectangular potance with engraved side riveted to top plate. Counter potance rectangular with foot screwed to top plate. Pillar plate with four turned baluster pillars. Dial side engraved around dial. Split gut fusee, endless screw set-up on back plate, barrel with two lips at end. Verge escapement. Train, three pinions, planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel in sink in gold plate with counter enamel. Radial Roman chapters with half-hour lines. Ladders quarters ring. Small central decoration around thin central gold ring.

HAND: Blued steel hour hand, sword shaped.

CASE: Silver in the form of a skull. Lower jaw opening to reveal dial, plain inside. Inside body (cranium) has hammer marks. Bow ring double where soldered to cranium. No marks.


History note: Unknown before Frank Gray Smart, Bredbury, Tunbridge Wells

Legal notes

F.G. Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • France ⪼ Paris

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1913-06-05) by Smart, Frank Gray


17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1670

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel gold Fusee composed of gut Movement composed of silver steel brass (alloy) Case composed of silver Depth 33.25 mm Height 42 mm Width 27.5 mm
Hand composed of steel Movement (dial) Diameter 21.25 mm
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 22 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 23.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6 mm
Movement, Hand

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Champenois A Paris
  • Location: On movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.54-1913
Primary reference Number: 200549
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Created: Tuesday 10 February 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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