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Watch: M/P.61 & A-1913

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Seignior, Robert
Case maker: Delander, Nathaniel (Possibly)




Verge watch in gold pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Ro Seignior London'. Large balance cock with pierced and engraved table, with wide looped leaves and tendrils border (lace edge). Centre with three radial tulip form arms, foot pierced and engraved. Steel balance. Tompion regulator, silver regulation dial with radial Arabic numbers 1 to 4, single arrow arched round as pointer to dial. 'LXVI' scratched on plate. Pierced fusee iron post. Blued steel case bolt with flat decorative foot, nib through dial. Rectangular potance and counter potance with engraved sides, riveted to top plate. Pillar plate with four pierced pillars with rectangular feet. Fusee, with hollow square, and chain, endless screw set-up under barrel, worm having screwdriver slot, brass post one end and steel bridge at other, barrel with two lips. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Thin, very narrow, engraved, edge outside dial recess. No feet four holes to clear riveted pillar ends, three holes for dial feet, in line with holes in pillar plate.

DIAL: Gold, radial Roman chapters, ladder quarters ring with hour crosses and dots for half-hours. Centre and between chapters matted with ring punch.

HAND: Blued steel hour hand, straight with star at head and sickle tail.

INNER CASE: Gold, plain with circular brass cover over winding hole. Inside stamped with maker's mark 'ND' conjoined under coronet (5 points). HM London 1683. Scratch marks '10-2', '11-4' and '11-9', one under each other. Bezel was cut, now brazed. Cylindrical pendant with spherical top, plain ring bow.

OUTER CASE (A): Gold, fine, ten panelled, filigree body and bezel.

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


17th Century#
Production date: AD 1683

Components of the work

Fusee Post composed of iron
Dial, Cases composed of gold
Movement, Hand composed of steel
Movement, Inner Case composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 28.75 mm
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 28 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 29.5 mm
Inner Case Diameter 34 mm Height 41 mm Thickness 20.25 mm
Outer Case Diameter 38.25 mm Height 43 mm Thickness 21.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6.25 mm
Movement, Brass Edge

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Ro Seignior London
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'ND' conjoined under coronet (5 points)
  • Location: Inner case
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: HM London 1683
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: One under each other

  • Text: '10-2', '11-4' and '11-9'
  • Location: Inner case
  • Method of creation: Scratch
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.61 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 207191
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Created: Wednesday 2 December 2015 Updated: Monday 17 December 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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