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Watch: PW.28 & A-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Atherton, Thomas




Skeletonised verge watch in pair case, made for display.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement with top plate skeletonised and signed around edge 'THOS ATHERTON LIVERPOOL 1533'. Balance cock with replaced solid oval table and original engraved foot, fixed with two screws. Polished steel balance. Silver semi circle slide plate under balance, ring slide with index towards edge of plate, no index scale. Pierced fusee iron post, fusee iron split to provide integral spring. Blued steel case bolt and spring with flat decorative foot, nib in brass edge. Potance and counter-potance riveted to top plate. Pillar plate with three square baluster pillars, centre wheel recessed, third wheel bar. Fusee and chain, tangent set up, barrel end pierced with six arms to expose spring, wound through dial. Verge escapement.

BRASS EDGE: Three feet.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, three feet. Outer 'ladder' minute circle, radial Roman chapters. Winding hole at 4 o'clock.

HANDS: Gold spade hour ad gilt poker minute.

INNER CASE: Silver with glazed back. Outside of band with step.

OUTER CASE (A): Silver, plain. HM London 1774. Maker's mark 'H B', in rectangular cameo with zig-zag edge.


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

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1774 : Case 1774, movement circa 1790?

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( white, on copper) copper
Movement composed of iron steel
Hands composed of gold
Movement, Cases composed of silver
Movement, Brass Edge composed of brass (alloy)
Inner Case Bottom composed of glass
Movement (back Plate)
Movement (pillar Plate)
Movement (brass Edge)
Inner Case
Outer Case
Movement (pillar)

Inscription or legends present

  • Type: Hallmark
  • Location: Movement, around edge
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'H B', in rectangular cameo
  • Location: Outer case
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.28 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 207297
No.: 9289
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 9 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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