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Watch: M.2 & A-1908

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Watchmaker: Hallifax, John
Case maker: Harvey, John (II) and Ann




Verge watch in gold pair case, with repousse outer.
MOVEMENTt: Full plate movement engraved 'Hallifax London 10722' and dial 'HALLIFAX LON DON'. Balance bridge, table pierced and engraved with lace edge, feet engraved, straight to edge of plate. Polished steel balance. Small slide plate, pierced and chased with free form edge, silver regulation dial with radial Arabic figures 1 to 6. Pierced fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt/spring with pierced vertical foot. Potance with moulded end of foot, screwed to plate. Rectangular counter-potance riveted to plate. Pillar plate with four square baluster pillars. Under-dial stamped 'M' or 'W'. Fusee and chain, barrel with one lop, tangent set-up under barrel, date wheel under dial in brass edge. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Gilt brass, three feet, recess under dial for date wheel with blued steel click. Movement side is scratched 'Hallifax' and '722'.

DIAL: Gold, champleve, three copper feet. Radial Arabic 5 min. figures in polished cushions, arched ladder min. ring radial Roman chapters, sunk centre with rectangular date aperture above VI (not well cut), plaque under XII and above VI engraved as above, decorations each side of centre. The centre is yellow gold, compared to red outer dial.

HANDS: Silver set with diamonds, Louis XV style.

INNER CASE: Gold, plain, London hallmark 1777 and maker's mark of large pellet above 'IH' with pellet between. Plain bezel. Round pendent with gilt brass stirrup bow, little gilding present. Pendant of redder gold than case.

OUTER CASE (A): Gold repousse scene of Hercules and Ophelia

The later case hallmark indicates that the watch has been recased

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Gurney

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1908-11-07) by Gurney, Mrs


18th Century, Mid
Production date: AD 1777

Components of the work

Edge composed of gilt brass
Movement Post composed of iron
Hands composed of diamonds silver
Dial composed of enamel
Case Bolt/spring composed of steel
Click composed of steel
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 31.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 33 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 34.25 mm
Inner Case Diameter 38.5 mm Height 49 mm Thickness 25 mm
Outer Case Diameter 45.5 mm Height 52 mm Thickness 26.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6 mm
Foot End
Movement Table, Feet
Movement Table
Number Figures
Slide Plate, Fusee
Slide Plate

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Halifax, London
  • Location: Dial
  • Method of creation: Inscription
  • Type: Maker's inscription

Inscription present: Difficult to read

  • Text: Possibly 'Hampay, London, 10722'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Inscription
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: another pellet between 'IH' and the hallmark

  • Text: large pellet above 'IH'
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2 & A-1908
Primary reference Number: 201782
Watch number: 10722
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 9 June 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 March 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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