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Watch: PW.36 & A-C-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Payne, James
Case maker: Palmer, John (case maker) (Possibly)
Case maker: Watkins, John (case maker)




Small verge watch in gilt and silver gilt pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'James Payne No 17 Foster Lane LONDON No 3161'. Balance cock with chased table and foot. Polished steel balance with wide rim. Steel regulator, on slide, reading against a scale engraved on the back plate, scale numbered on inside 5 to 20 in Arabic figures, ends engraved 'FAST' and 'SLOW'. Fusee iron post solid and formed. Polished case bolt in slot in plate with nib at side. Potance, with moulding at end of foot, screwed and counter-potance riveted to back plate. Pillar plate with four turned pillars with rings, centre wheel recessed into pillar plate, third wheel bar. Fusee and chain, set-up ratchet under dial, one lip on barrel. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Rim flat on pillar plate.

DIAL: White, slightly convex, enamel on copper, three feet. Minute ring, single circle crossed by radial minute marks, simple Prince of Wales feathers at quarters, small vertical Arabic chapters.

HANDS: Gold spade.

INNER CASE: Plain gilt metal with cameo, rectangle with chamfered corners. 'J (?) pellet P' maker's mark. Cylindrical pendant, oval top, bulbous ends to bow. Pendant bent forward to fit outer case.

OUTER CASE (A): Silver gilt, back chased with oval with two love birds, inside four decorated rings with plain rings between. London HM 1770 and incised mark 'IW' inside

WATCH PAPERS (B & C): Two printed watch papers in outer case:

B) Nine segments. In centre 'All sorts of/ CLOCKS & WATCHES/ Made Mended & Sold/ by/ writer', under this 'J Payne/ 26 Noble & Foster'. Printed on the segments 'On/ A/ Watch// Could but our/ temper move/ like this/ machine// Not urged by/ passion nor/ delayed by/ spleen// And true/ to natures/ regulating/ power// By Vertuous/ acts distinguish every/ hour.// Then health/ & Joy would/ follow as/ they ought// The laws of/ motion and/ the laws of/ thought// SWeet health/ to pass the/ present moments o'er// And everlasting Joy when/ time shall/ be no more.'

C) Printed watch paper 'CLOCKS/ and/ WATCHES/ of all sorts, made & sold by/ James Payne./ FOSTER 17 LANE,/ near Goldsmiths Hall, Cheapside/ N. B The shop 18, St. Anns Lane'. inside border of oak leaves.


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-19th Century
1770 CE - 1810 CE

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( white, on copper) copper
Outer Case composed of silver gilt Diameter 47.75 mm Height 56 mm Thickness 25 mm Width 48.25 mm
Movement composed of iron steel
Inner Case composed of gilt metal Diameter 40 mm Height 52.25 mm Thickness 23.5 mm
Hands composed of gold
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 32.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 33 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 35 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6 mm
Movement, Outer Case

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'James Payne No 17 Foster Lane LONDON No 3161'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'J (?) pellet P
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Location: Outer case
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: possibly a dot over the I?

  • Text: 'IW'
  • Location: Inside outer case
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.36 & A-C-1923
Primary reference Number: 207305
No.: 3161
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 9 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 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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