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Watch: PW.2-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Dunlop, Andrew
Case maker: Willoughby, John (Possibly)




Quarter repeating verge watch.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Andr Dunlop LONDON'. Balance cock with pierced and engraved table, mask engraved at neck, the edge cut away to provide banking, blued steel end piece with diamond end stone, cock foot pierced and engraved, thin edge. Brass balance with three wide arms. Slide plate pierced and engraved, free form edge, silver regulator dial with radial Roman figures I to VI. Pierced fusee iron bracket. Rectangular potance and counter-potance riveted to back plate. Case bolt in brass edge, nib through dial. Plain repeating barrel. Pillar plate with four turned pillars, having large ring near pillar plate. Third wheel bar. Fusee and chain, tangent set-up. Verge escapement. Anti-clockwise train. Runners with five pinions, speed governed by depthing pinion. Two repeating hammers. Runners planted anti-clockwise. Repeating mechanism; 1/4 mechanism with pivoted 'all-or-nothing' level, hour snail and star wheel pivoted on plate and in lever. 1/4 snail with surprise piece. Steel work with grained finish.

BRASS EDGE: Brass, gilt, chased around dial. Pulse piece. Scratched on under side '8/22/k'. Fixed by two screws through side.

CAP: Gilt brass engraved 'Andr Dunlop LONDON'.

DIAL: Gold, champleve engraved in centre 'DUNLOP' below 12 o'clock and 'LONDON' above 6. Polished outer 5 minute cushions, ladder minute ring, radial Roman chapters, thin diamond half-hour marks between chapters, 1/2 hour ring. Matted background. On the back is '8/22/19'

HANDS: Steel, blued beetle and poker.

BELL: Scratched 'Chy 8/22' and 'Lumpkin' on back.

INNER CASE: Gilt metal with incuse I pellet W maker's mark, marked twice. Pattern of round, ringed holes around side and plain back. Bezel split.

The outer case is missing.


History note: Unknown before S.G. Perceval (1838-1922)

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1715


The inner case of the watch may have been made by either William Cooper of Lamb Court, Clerkenwell Green, or William Ginn who was free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1700. The movement was not by Thomas Tompion although his name is engraved on it.

Components of the work

Dial, Inner Case composed of gilt
Dial composed of enamel
Movement composed of silver steel
Movement, Brass Edge composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 33.25 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 35.5 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 39 mm
Case Diameter 45.5 mm Height 59.75 mm Thickness 26.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6.75 mm
Brass Edge
Movement, Hands
Movement, Inner Case

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Andr Dunlop LONDON'
  • Location: Movement, cap, dial
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: '8/22/k'
  • Location: Brass edge
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: 'Chy 8/22' and 'Lumpkin'
  • Location: Bell
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: '8/22/19'
  • Location: Back of dial
  • Type: Number
  • Text: incuse I pellet W
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.2-1923
Primary reference Number: 207271
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 8 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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