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Watch: M/P.4 & A-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Krapp, Martin




Verge alarm and striking coach watch, in a silver pair case.
MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'MARTIN KRAPP A MANNHEIM'.
Balance cock with table with wings, pierced and chased with military trophies and mask at neck. Polished steel coquette, added over engraving. Cock foot pierced and chased with narrow border. Brass balance with three thin arms. Pierced, engraved, and chased slide plate. Silvered brass regulation disc with radial Arabic figures 1 to 8 with flower half marks, centre flower.
Fusee iron post pierced. Case bolt protrudes though brass edge. Plain pontance and counter potance riveted to back plate. Hour striking and alarm barrels engraved, hour release level under pendant.
Pillar plate with five square baluster pillars, third wheel sunk.
Fusee and chain with ratchet set-up under barrel. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise. Alarm train with star wheel on second wheel. Anti-clockwise hammer, train of five wheels, spherical weight 'fly'. Alarm train planted clockwise. Striking train with hammer under main wheel, five wheel train with brass cylinder on 'fly' pinion. Striking train planted clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: With engraved edge, joint screwed on.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, counter enamel. Radial Arabic 5 mins. numbers, ladder minute ring, radial Roman chapters, inner circle. Brass alarm dial, with radial stamped Arabic chapters with holes between.

HANDS: Pierced minute and hour hands.

BELL: 6 holes through and edge cut away at pendent. The inside is scratched '1420106'. The central square hole dose not fit case pin.

INNER CASE: Silver, pierced and engraved sides. The back is engraved with two winding holes. Inside two cast in marks 'JP'? in rectangular recesses. Two winding holes filled in, burrs on side piercing. Push piece through pendent. Plain bezel split at joint, recess at 2 o'clock engraved 'S' and 'N' at ends.

Outer case (A): Silver, pierce and engraved at the side. The back is plain with an engraved centre. The inside of the back is scratched 'no 562'. Plain centre soldered to case.

The dial was added later, in the second half of the 18th century

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1720 : Original date of construction circa 1720. Dial added 18th century

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel copper
Pair Case composed of silver
Coquette composed of steel
Alarm Dial composed of brass (alloy)
Disc, Balance composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 68 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 73.75 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 78.5 mm
Inner Case Diameter 87 mm Height 106.75 mm Thickness 51 mm
Outer Case Diameter 98 mm Height 111.5 mm Thickness 53 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 14.75 mm
Case, Movement

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 1420106
  • Location: Inside bell
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: no. 562
  • Location: Inside back of outer case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.4 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 207138
Outer case number: 562
Bell number: 1420106
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Audit data

Created: Friday 27 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 March 2018 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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