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Watch: PW.64-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Pybus, William




Verge watch with white enamel dials on both sides, in a gilt metal case with red pastes around the dial.

Verge watch with double dial in gilt metal case.

MOVEMENT: Under calendar dial, top plate; plain balance bridge with steel pin for day-of-month wheel, and brass click and spring on table. Steel balance. Plain slide plat. Calendar train under bridge. Steel stop lever, brass stop wire missing. Solid lyre-shaped fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt, nib under dial. Potance screwed to plate. Counter-potance riveted to plate. Polished steel stop lever projecting from brass edge at 9 o'clock. Pillar plate with four turned and slightly tapered pillars. Third wheel bar under time dial. Steel bridge for hour wheel. Fusee and chain with set-up click under time dial, barrel with one lip. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise.

BRASS EDGE: (Time) three feet, edge half height cylindrical half concave ring.

BRASS EDGE: (Calendar) three feet, joint riveted to edge. Dial on raised dia. on concave base, two slot in edge for case bolt and stop lever.

DIAL (TIME): White enamel on copper with three feet. Outer radial Arabic 5 minute figures, minute circle with thin radial minute lines with 1/4 minute dots between. Radial Roman chapters.

DIAL (CALENDAR): White enamel on copper, three feet. Four sub-dials; Time at the top, Regulation dial at the bottom, Day of Month to the right, and Date of Moon to left. Time dial with outer dot minute ring, radial Roman chapters. Day of Month dial with radial Arabic odd-numbers with dots between, between two circles. Regulation dial ladder scale numbered inside by radial Arabic numbers 5 to 30, in fives. Dial centre plain lettered 'TO' under '30' and 'REGULATE' in arc above '15'. Date of moon dial with odd numbers 1 to 29 1/2 with dots between, between two circles. Lettering 'WillM/W', 'PYBUS' and 'LONDON' in three lines in dial centre. Gold brushed hole for winding between Time and Moon dials, oblitering '1' of Moon dial.

HANDS: Time dial, gold, flat pierced diamond hour and poker minute. Day-of-month, gold, flat diamond. Date-of-moon, gold, flat diamond top with round counterbalance. Regulation, gold, arrow tip. Day-of-moon, gold, Breguet type.

CASE: Gilt metal with two chased bezels having ring of square red 'glass' (paste) stones set around dial. Every third stone is a deeper red than others, twenty-four deeper red stones.


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 1790

Components of the work

Dials composed of enamel ( white) copper
Movement composed of iron steel brass (alloy)
Case composed of gilt metal paste (red) Diameter 62 mm Height 74 mm Thickness 36.5 mm Width 62 mm
Hands composed of gold
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 44.5 mm
Movement (time Brass Edge) Diameter 44.5 mm
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 45.25 mm
Movement (calendar Brass Edge) Diameter 48.75 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6.25 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'WillM/W', 'PYBUS' and 'LONDON'
  • Location: Calendar dial
  • Type: Maker's name

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.64-1923
Primary reference Number: 207498
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 6 January 2016 Updated: Wednesday 28 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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