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Watch: PW.24 & A-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Williamson (unidentified)
Case maker: Allen, Joseph (jnr.) (Probably)




Verge watch in gilt repousse pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Williamson London 16740' and dial inscribed 'WILLIAMSON' and 'LONDON'. Balance cock with table and foot pierced and engraved. Polished steel balance. Slide plate pierced and engraved, silver regulation dial with radial Arabic figures 1 to 6. Pierced fusee iron post, polished steel case bolt/spring with upright pierced foot. Potance with foot having moulding at end of foot, screwed to plate. Rectangular counter potance. Pillar plate with four square baluster pillars. Under dial stamped '1' and engraved '9' under minute wheel. Blued steel set-up click and wheel. Fusee and chain, barrel with one lip, set-up click under dial. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Gilt, brass, plain edge, three feet.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, counter enamel inscirbed with red '0', three feet. Radial Arabic 5 minute figures, ladder minute ring, radial Roman chapters, inner ring. Inscribed 'WILLIAMSON' in curve under XII and 'LONDON' in curve above VI.

HANDS: Blued steel, beetle and poker.

INNER CASE: Gilt brass, plain, inside body with maker's mark, incuse 'JA' with pellet between. Plain bezel, broken at hinge. Plain pendant with stirrup bow.

OUTER CASE (A): Gilt brass, cast? repousse of two classical figures beside vase full of flowers on plinth. Steel push piece with diamond set in end.


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 1770

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( on copper) copper
Brass Edge composed of gilt brass (alloy)
Pair Case composed of gold
Movement, Hands composed of steel
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 30.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 31.5 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 33 mm
Inner Case Diameter 38 mm Height 48.25 mm Thickness 20.75 mm
Outer Case Diameter 44.5 mm Height 51.5 mm Thickness 23.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Williamson London 16740'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: incuse 'JA' with pellet between
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.24 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 207293
Watch no.: 16710
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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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