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Current Location: In storage


Watchmaker: Richards, Luke
Maker: Berrington, Urion (Probably)




Verge watch with seconds and sun and moon dial, in silver pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'L. Richards London'. Balance cock with pierced and engraved table and foot, foot with free form edge, table with wings. Pierced and engraved slide plate, irregular edge, silver regulation disc with Arabic figures, 1 to 6. Top plate engraved as above. Pierced fusee iron post, one side cut off to miss pillar. Rectangular potance with small foot, and counter-potance riveted to top plate. Case bolt, flat filigree foot removed to miss brass edge foot. Nib through dial. Pillar plate with four tulip pillars. Third wheel bar. Joint riveted to plate. Split fusee and chain, tangent set-up under barrel, barrel with one lip only. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Engraved around dial sink, centre removed for sun and moon disc.

DIAL: Silver champleve, four feet. 5 minute figure on cushions, ladder minute ring, radial Roman chapters over semi-circle cut-out at top with chamfered edge with hour lines and half-hour arrow marks. Seconds ring below centre. Applied silver seconds ring with radial Arabic 5 seconds figures and ladder seconds ring. Centre of seconds ring with two cartouches. the top engraved 'Ri' over 'chards', the lower one 'London'. Stylised foliage below hour sector and around seconds ring. Central blued steel disc with inset silver moon, gold sun, and plain steel clouds and stars, scratched on back 'ShQ/'. Low relief in pale lemon yellow, perhaps coloured, or lacquer (shellac?).

HANDS: Blued steel, waved minute hand and small seconds hand with brass bush.

INNER CASE: Plain silver body and split bezel, winding hole in body. Inside of the body stamped 'VB' conjoined. Scratch marks '4191' and 'U/-/-'. 'AD1648 5 (reversed) m' and '366'. Pendant oval on round pod, plain bow

OUTER CASE (A): Plain silver. Steel catch extending into base. Base probably previously lined.

WATCH PAPER: Hand cut with vee cuts thick white paper with hand written on it. 'Early specimen having a seconds hand L. Richard free 1648'


History note: Unknown before Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

F.G. Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
James II
Production date: circa AD 1685


Luke Richards became free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1746. Urion Berrington became free in 1684 and died in 1716.

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Components of the work

Minute Hand composed of brass (alloy) ( bush)
Fusee composed of iron
Dial composed of enamel
Dial, Movement composed of silver
Inner And Outer Case composed of silver
Hand, Case Catch composed of steel
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 14.5 mm
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 38 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 39.25 mm
Inner Case Height 55.75 mm Thickness 30.5 mm Width 46.25 mm
Outer Case Height 59.25 mm Thickness 31.75 mm Width 54.75 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 9 mm
Hour Hand, Dial

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L. Richards London
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Ri/chards' and 'London'
  • Location: On seconds ring in two cartouches
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: VB
  • Location: On inner case
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 4191, U/-/-, AD 1648 5 (reversed)
  • Location: On inner case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Scratch marks

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.37 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 200551
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Created: Tuesday 10 February 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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