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Watch: PW.11-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Meredith, John




Verge watch in silver pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Jno. Meredith LONDON 2323'. Balance cock with pierced table (edge cut away to provide banking), blued steel end piece and diamond end stone. Foot pierced. Polished steel balance. Slide plate pierced with free form edge, silver regulator dial engraved 5 to 30. Pierced fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt with eyes, sliding in slot in plate, nib at side. Potance with foot following plate edge, and with moulding at end. Pillar plate with four square baluster pillars. Centre wheel recessed. Cock for third wheel. Fusee and chain with tangent set-up. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Gilt, plain with three feet.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, three feet. Minute ring of dots with pattern of four dots at the quarters, radial Arabic chapters.

HANDS: Gold, minute hand 'twisted rope' pierced with star and point at end. Hour hand pierced.

INNER CASE: Silver, plain. Stamped inside with maker's mark 'W' pellet 'M' under a star in three interlocking circles, H M London 1756. Pendant cylindrical with spherical end, bow with bulbous ends.

OUTER CASE (A): Bezel and body, covered with painted horn in imitation of tortoiseshell in red and black, with outer circle of pins on bezel and body. Silver hinge and ring around bezel opening. Scratched inside body 'WX', 'Bleir' and jNl'.


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 1755

Components of the work

Outer Case composed of horn ( painted red and black, in imitation of tortoiseshell) paint Diameter 48.5 mm Height 57.75 mm Thickness 27.75 mm
Movement composed of iron steel
Brass Edge composed of gilt
Dial composed of enamel copper
Hands composed of gold
Inner Case composed of silver Diameter 41.25 mm Height 25.25 mm Thickness 24.5 mm
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 33.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 34.5 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 36.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6.5 mm
Movement, Hour Hand

Inscription or legends present

  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: 'Jno. Meredith LONDON 2323'.
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'W' pellet 'M' under a star in three interlocking circles
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 'WX', 'Bleir' and jNl'.
  • Location: Inside outer case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.11-1923
Primary reference Number: 207280
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 9 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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