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Watch: PW.54 & A-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Platt, Thomas




Verge watch in silver and leather covered pair case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Thomas Platt Fecet'. Silver balance cock, oval table and foot, both pierced and engraved with rectangular hole for post in neck, but secured by a screw (hole for pin in side of neck and post). Plain steel balance. Endless screw set-up on top plate with blued steel tracery feet to endless screw bearings. Endless screw guard missing. Silver dial on wheel with radial Arabic numbers 1 to 10 in boxes, central flower. Plain moulded fusee iron post, fusee iron spring pinned into top plate, vertical decorated end. Case bolt, curved C shaped, screwed to plate, nib through dial. Potance and counter-potance rectangular and riveted to back plate, potance with side engraved. Pillar plate with four thin Egyptian pillars with wide slots, top turned. Plate has hole for potance. Split fusee and gut, tangent set-up on top plate, barrel with two lips. Verge escapement. Short train planted anti-clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: Flat plate, three holes for dial feet to fix plate, dial recessed.

DIAL: Silver, thee feet. Radial Roman chapters with diamond shapes between, ladder 1/4 hour circle having 1/2 hour arrows pointing inwards. Plain centre centre with oval plaque under 12 o'clock engraved 'Platt' and one over 6 o'clock engraved 'London'.

INNER CASE: Plain silver. Bezel missing, but with associated glass. Brass replacement pendant and stirrup bow. No case maker's mark.

OUTER CASE (A): Brass covered with leather. Silver pin work design in centre of back and four places at the side, one under the pendant. Bezel leather replaced with single ring of pins. The original pattern of pin holes can be seen from the inside.


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


17th Century#
Production date: circa AD 1650

Components of the work

Outer Case composed of leather ( covering) brass (alloy) Diameter 54.5 mm Height 59 mm Thickness 31 mm
Movement composed of iron steel
Cases composed of silver
Movement, Dial composed of silver
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 41.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 43 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 44.75 mm
Inner Case Diameter 49 mm Height 56.5 mm Thickness 29.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 9.25 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Thomas Platt Fecet'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.54 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 207488
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 6 January 2016 Updated: Wednesday 28 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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