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Watch: PW.20-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Tompion, T. and Banger, E.




Verge clock-watch, re-cased in gilt metal consular case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'THO. TOMPION E. BANGER LONDON'. Balance cock with pierced and engraved table, ears and cherub at neck, foot pierced and engraved with thin border. Steel balance with wide ringed rim. Pierced and engraved slide plate, silver regulator dial with Arabic numbers in 5's to 30. Silver locking plate with engraved centre and slots numbered, blued steel cock with indicator (planted over BANGER). Pierced fusee iron post. Potance and counter-potance riveted to back plate (some solder around the counter-potance). Fixed striking barrel with side engraved, fixed by two screws to top plate. Blued steel filigree gates. Turned hammer arbour, hammer under striking barrel. Pillar plate with five pillars, three tulip and two turned. Steel third wheel bar. Under-dial, quarter repeating mechanism removed (quarter snail still on cannon pinion), plate scratched '23/4/67'. Fusee and chain, tangent set-up, barrel with one lip. Five wheel striking train planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Gilt brass, modified to mount movement just off centre, away from hinge.

DIAL: White enamel on copper. Outer ladder minute circle, squat radial Roman chapters, thin inner ring. Winding holes at 4 and 8 o'clock.

HANDS: Blued steel 'Breguet' style hour only.

BELL: Scratched inside '480' over 'RB' and '759', on back '8'.

CASE: Gilt metal consular with pierced bezel, inside and around back, centre of back engraved. Inside back, under bell, stamped with sun over 'W' pellet 'P' inside rectangle with domed arch over sun.
Outer travelling case, covered with sharkskin.


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 1720

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( on copper) copper
Brass Edge composed of gilt brass
Movement composed of iron silver steel
Case composed of gilt metal Diameter 56.5 mm Height 58.75 mm Thickness 29.5 mm Width 56 mm
Travelling Case composed of sharkskin
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 35.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 37 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 42.75 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 8.5 mm
Movement, Case

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: '23/4/67'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: '480' over 'RB' and '759', on back '8'
  • Location: Bell
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.20-1923
Primary reference Number: 207289
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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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