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Watch: M/P.44 & A-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Grantham, James
Case maker: Unknown




Verge watch in gold repousse case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'J. Grantham London 8290'. Balance cock, table pierced and engraved with lace edge and face at neck, foot engraved. Polished steel balance. Slide plate engraved, silver regulation dial engraved with Roman figures I to VI. Fusee iron post pierced. Polished steel case bolt, nib through dial, vertical pierced foot. Potance with foot having end moulding. Under dial scratch with what may be 'JK', '56', 'A2', 'CM', 'J Meplerrs', and '02'.
Fusee and chain, barrel with one lip. Set-up endless screw between plates. Verge escapement. Train planted anti clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Gilt brass, three feet, three unused dial feet holes.

HANDS: Gilt brass, pierced double triangle minute, beetle hour.

DIAL: Gold champleve, too small for the brass edge, four feet. Radial Arabic 5 minute figures in polished cushions, arched ladder minute ring, inner pointing arrows at 5 minutes, double sideways arrows at quarters, radial Roman chapters having pike heads for half hour marks, polished ring to recessed centre. Separate centre with curved plaque engraved 'FAVER' under 12 and curved plaque engraved 'LONDON' above 6 o'clock. Background matted, pinned through dial.

INNER CASE: Gold, plain with case makers mark incuse 'HT' inside and London H.M. 1761. Bezel plain. Pendant, round stem and head, head with applied flower on top. Bull's eye glass. Plain stirrup bow.

OUTER CASE (A): Gold, deep with free standing, repousse body, repousse bezel. Body scene of man being received by Eastern potentate.

PROTECTIVE CASE: Gilt brass body with body and bezel covered in green shagreen with ring of decorative headed pins, body with large hole to receive a glass.

WATCH PAPER: Silk watch paper painted in polychrome of two ladies offering garlands to Cupid standing on the altar of love.

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Production date: AD 1761

Components of the work

Protective Case composed of gilt brass shagreen Diameter 56.75 mm Height 59 mm Thickness 28.5 mm
Brass Edge, Hands composed of gilt brass
Fusee Post composed of iron
Watch Paper composed of silk (fibre)
Dial composed of enamelling gold
Inner And Outer Case composed of gold
Movement composed of silver
Balance composed of steel
Inner Case composed of glass Diameter 41.5 mm Height 51.5 mm Thickness 23.25 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 34.25 mm
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 34 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 36.75 mm
Outer Case Diameter 48.75 mm Height 55 mm Thickness 28.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6.75 mm
Movement, Hands

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J. Grantham London 8290
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name

Inscription present: under 12 and 6 o'clock respectively

  • Text: 'FAVER'and 'LONDON'
  • Location: Dial
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: London H.M. 1761
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: incuse 'HT'
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.44 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 207175
No.: 8290
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Audit data

Created: Monday 30 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 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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