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Watch: M/P.50-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Verge, stackfreed clock-watch.

MOVEMENT: Full plate with stamped 'MN' conjoined. Steel balance cock, 'C' table, pierced foot. The foot has been bent up with the table welded on. Iron dumb bell balance. Iron pinion pinned to spring arbour meshing with iron wheel with stackfreed. Iron stackfreed spring, flat foot, screwed to plate. Ring sink for iron locking ring, engraved 2 to 12. Internal teeth, iron three-armed spider screwed in centre to retain ring. Plate engraved with fern ring around edge and stamped 'MN' conjoined in round cameo. The plate has a triangular hole under the balance cock, and other unused holes. The back plate has four rectangular pillars engraved with three lines. Plain iron time barrel, iron train and crown wheel. Potance cock under dial, no case bolt. Engraved bass counter-potance protecting train, fixed with screw. Plain iron striking barrel, iron train. Engraved brass gate. Hammer under striking main wheel. Engraved brass piece partially covering striking barrel screwed to back plate. Iron catch to release dial plate. Front plate, unde dial, second time wheel brdige, flat cock potance. Brass wheel on time barrel arbour, iron hour wheel and star wheel. Time train, fixed barrel, planted anti-clockwise. Striking train, fixed barrel, planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Gilt brass, engraved tapered edge, flat dial surface. Ring with hour dots visible next to dial from III to VIII approx. On the back, next to the movement, is an engraved outer ring and central recess. The centre appears to be brass sheet brazed in.

DIAL: Silver, fixed by hour pins. Radial Roman chapters, quarter hour ring, alternative black wax filled sector and polished sectory. Half hour line between chapters, with a chased design of birds and flowers, black wax filled.

HAND: Blued steel, double pointer end and sward handle counter-poise.

BELL: Straight sided, inside scratched with '4406', 'ED', 'Es/-/-', '5863', 'SD' and 'AD1583'.

CASE: Cast (?) brass, pierced and chased. Central bulbous band, plain recess each side with wavy band outside this. Back pierced and chased with stylised verse of flowers, turned drop, bulbous turned pendant with ring bow. The bezel has a chased edge, and twelve heart-shaped apertures with small reversed heart-shaped apertures inside. Centre pierced plaque, with the inside chased. The chapters do not align with the holes in the bezel.

The watch has a pendant and ring as if for carrying, although it is large for this

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1570

Components of the work

Brass Edge composed of gilt brass
Movement composed of iron steel
Dial composed of silver
Hand composed of steel
Movement, Case composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 50 mm
Movement (front Plate) Diameter 52 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 59.75 mm
Case Diameter 68 mm Height 91 mm Thickness 34.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 9.5 mm
Dial, Case
Movement, Brass Edge

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MN
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Maker
  • Text: '4406', 'ED', 'Es/-/-', '5863', 'SD' and 'AD1583'
  • Location: Bell
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.50-1913
Primary reference Number: 207182
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 2 December 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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