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Watch: M/P.23-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Delinotte, Francois




MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Delinotte A Orlean'. Balance bridge with pierced and chased table of three repeated designs. Brass balance. Steel regulating slide and rack, small silver regulating dial, engraved 1 to 4, blued steel cock over dial. Tangent set-up with silver dial, engraved 1 to 6, over worm wheel. Steel worm with filigree blued steel brackets, one part missing. Blued steel worm guard/pointer. Rectangular escape. hole with line engraved round and corner decorations. Small fusee iron post shaped as a tulip. Case bolt/spring, with decorated foot, on brass edge. Alarm barrel with pierced and engraved panel. Rectangular potance riveted to plate. Counter-potance with shaped foot screwed to plate. Pillar plate with four baluster pillars. Second and third and alarm second wheel bar. Split fusee and chain (fusee cut for gut), barrel with two lips. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise. Alarm train all iron with three pinions. Alarm train planted anti-clockwise

BRASS EDGE: With three turned ringed pillars, alarm wheel sink, hole to clear pinion of report. Case bolt, nub through plate. Underside scratched 'H. F. S. over '3.OS'.

DIAL: Silver, radial Roman chapters, half hour lozenges, ladder quarter hour ring with arrows at half hour, four arrows at hours.

ALARM DIAL: Silver, radial Roman hours, dot half-hour, centre engraved with flowers.

HANDS: Plain poker, shortened to read on alarm dial. Single hour hand.

BELL: Outside marked, cast in'44'. Covers the winding squares, so the movement has to be swung out to be wound.

CASE: Silver, body pierced and engraved with small animals in scrolled stems and flowers, acanthus leaf border. Hinge on separate ring secured by pin at the hinge and screwed through the body at 6 o'clock. Plain bezel, split, acanthus leaves engraved on hinge, rest plain. Pendant with spherical top with plain ring. Pendant top stamped with Discharge? mark for Paris 1762-68?

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Production date: AD 1680 : The watch appears to be from 1680, with later additions.

Components of the work

Fusee Post composed of iron
Case, Dial composed of silver
Movement composed of steel
Balance composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 34.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 36.5 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 39.25 mm
Bell Diameter 40.25 mm
Case Diameter 45 mm Height 55.5 mm Thickness 31.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 8.5 mm
Brass Edge
Movement, Case

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.23-1913
Primary reference Number: 207158
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Audit data

Created: Monday 30 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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