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Watch: PW.44 & A & B-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Hillier, William




Verge watch in silver pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Wm. HILLIER LONDON'. Balance cock with symmetrically pierced and engraved table with mask at neck and ears, foot pierced and engraved with thin edge. Steel balance. Pierced and engraved slide plate with irregular edge, large silver regulation dial with radial Arabic figures 1 to 6. Pierced fusee iron post. Angular case bolt with flat decorated end, nib through dial. Potance, with short foot having a moulded top surface, riveted to plate. Counter-potance riveted to plate. Pillar plate with four Egyptian pillars with pierced decorated pediments, the pediments being 1/2 height of the pillar. Fusee and chain, tangent set-up under barrel, barrel with one lip. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: Silver champleve, four feet. Radial Arabic 5 minute figures in polished cushions. Ladder minute ring, radial Roman chapters with lozenges between, recessed centre. Centre disc with scrolls above and below centre, top scroll contains 'HILLIER' and bottom 'LONDON'.

BRASS EDGE: Two feet, thin dial edge engraved with circle and radial lines. Recess for pillar plate.

HANDS: Blued steel, hour hand pierced and poker minute hand with end missing (replacement).

INNER CASE: Silver, plain, not marked, with split bezel. Short cylindrical pendant with cheese top with lin round, stirrup bow.

OUTER CASE (A): Silver, plain, not marked.

WATCHPAPER (B): Hand made, drawn and painted verse of flowers.


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 1710

Components of the work

Movement composed of iron
Movement, Case, Dial composed of silver
Movement, Hands composed of steel
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 38.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 40 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 42.75 mm
Inner Case Diameter 49 mm Height 56 mm Thickness 29.5 mm
Outer Case Diameter 55.75 mm Height 59.25 mm Thickness 30.75 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 7.5 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Wm. HILLIER LONDON'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.44 & A & B-1923
Primary reference Number: 207313
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 10 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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