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Watch: PW.57-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Grinkin, Robert (junior)




Verge watch in gilt case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Robert Grinkin Londini'. Balance cock with pierced and engraved oval table with long neck, oval foot, both with irregular edges, screwed to plate. Steel balance. Tangent set-up on back plate, endless screw having two steel bearings with tracery feet. Gilt brass endless screw cover incorporating regulator finger. Silver set-up disc with radial Arabic figures 1 to 8, decorations on disc filled in red. Small tapered rectangular, with moulded section, fusee iron post. Blued steel fusee iron spring with vertical decorated tail, single pin to fix. Case bolt being 3/4 turn curve flat screwed to plate, nib through dial. Rectangular potance, engraved on one face, riveted to plate. Counter-potance riveted to plate, plug with square decorated end. Pillar plate with four narrow Egyptian pillars with wide central slit and hole, turned tops. Hole to clear potance in plate, under dial scratched 'Grinkin 02'. Split fusee and gut (no gut), short train, large verge escape wheel. Under dial, the fusee arbour is filed to form a six pin pinion. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: None


CASE: Plain gilt brass case with well rounded side, gilt brass disc to cover the winding hole. Plain, split bezel. Turned brass pendant and very long brass stirrup bow.


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 1640

Components of the work

Case composed of gilt brass Diameter 44 mm Height 53.25 mm Thickness 18 mm
Movement composed of iron silver steel
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 36.5 mm
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 36 mm
Movement (pillar) Diameter 6.75 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Robert Grinkin Londini'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.57-1923
Primary reference Number: 207491
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 6 January 2016 Updated: Wednesday 4 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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