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Watch: M/P.27-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Mallet, G.




Verge clock watch with alarm, in gilt and silver case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'G. Mallet Cermont'. Balance cock with pierced and engraved oval table and foot, fixed by a screw. End of table missing, repaired with soft solder at neck. Gilt brass pierced and engraved set up cock, secured by a screw, with blued steel spring. Cock over locking plate with pierced and engraved table and engraved foot, secured by screw. Brass locking plate with radial Arabic hours. Striking and alarm stop work missing. Plate engraved with two sets of double lines around edge, engraved as above between lines. Double and single ring engraved, about 1/3rd plate diameter, and line around escapement rectangular cut-out. Potance and alarm potance riveted, ends engraved with a flower. Rectangular section, segment profile, fusee iron post. Case bolt on brass edge missing. Striking barrel with pierced panel, decorated iron gates. Rectangular potance riveted to plate, counter-potance screwed to plate. Alarm potance rectangular engraved and formed. Pillar plate with five turned baluster pillars with square ends. Second and contrate bar for time and alarm trains. Split fusee, set-up click on top plate, barrel with top lip. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise. Striking train with weight on last arbour. Hammer, clockwise, under great wheel, planted anti-clockwise. Alarm main wheel brass, rest iron, planted anti-clockwise. Hammer under time barrel and alarm train.

BRASS EDGE: Case bolt missing. Pinion of report prevents the brass edge fitting down. Electro-gilt.

DIAL PLATE: Electro-gilt brass with four tabs to fit case. Front engraved with foliage and birds outside applied chapter ring. Scratched on edge 'E. M. A.'

CHAPTER RING: Silver engraved with radial Roman chapters and half-hour marks.

ALARM DISC: Silver engraved with radial Arabic hours, pin hole at 12, centre engraved with flowers. No alarm cam under dial, 19th century (?) minute wheel fitted to hour hand, wheel does not reach replaced pinion of report.

BELL: Thin with straight sides

CASE: Gilt brass with silver band. Body, straight sides with raised bands at ends, central semi-circular band pierced and engraved. Back pierced and engraved with verse, flowers and foliage, turned silver drop, turned verse shaped gilt brass pendant with ring. Cover gilt brass pierced and engraved inside and out.

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Clermont-Ferrand ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1880

Components of the work

Case, Dial composed of gilt brass
Movement, Fusee Post composed of iron
Fusee composed of gut
Alarm Disc composed of silver
Movement composed of steel brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 39.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 43.25 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 46.75 mm
Case Diameter 57.5 mm Height 74.25 mm Thickness 34.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 11 mm
Movement, Dial

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G. Mallet Cermont
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'E. M. A'
  • Location: Dial plate
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Name

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.27-1913
Primary reference Number: 207162
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Audit data

Created: Monday 30 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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