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Watch: PW.94 & A-D-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified




Gilt brass pair case covered in horn.

INNER CASE: Gilt brass, well worn, with glass. Centre inside stamped incuse 'JR' with pellet between. Pendant and bow also gilt brass, well worn.

OUTER CASE (A): Gilt brass, inside spotted with gilt, stamped incuse 'JR' with pellet between, as inner case. Bezel and back covered in horn painted as tortoiseshell with a light colour at back. Growth rings visible. Bezel with thirty-eight brass pins around centre of horn strip, one missing. Back with thirty-eight brass pins around edge, three missing. Pendant slot, half in body and half in bezel.


A) Silk printed in black. Outer edge pattern with cut edge, spaces above and below verse. 'Art thou not dear unto my heart; / Oh! search that place and see; / And from my bosom tear the part, / That beats not true to thee: /Yes, thou are dear unto my heart, / More dear than tongue can tell; / And if I'm guilty of a fault, / 'Tis loving three too well'.

B) Paper with green face printed in black in eight quadrants. Small central circle with 'ESTEEM' in arc at the top, 'THE' in straight line in centre and 'GIVER' in arc at the bottom. The segments are printed:
'O may our tem- / pers move / like this / machine: / 1
Not urg'd by / passion nor / delay'd by / spleen; / 2
Still true to / natur's re- / gulating / power, / 3
By virtuous / acts distin- / guish ever / hour. / 4
Then peace and / joy wil fol- / low as they / ought / 5
The laws of mo- / tion and the / laws of / thought / 6
Sweet health to / pass the pre-/ sent mo- / ments o'er / 7
And everlasting / joy when time / shall be no / more. /8.'

C) Silk printed in black with border and verse of flowers at bottom. 'Lines / ON A WATCH . / BY W. R. TYMMS. / Time swiftly flies! this delicate machine / Proclaims it justly as it onward steals; Life's volatility is clearly seen / In the soft progress of its busy wheels. / Improve the lesson; cultivate with care / The hours at present, in perspective ken'd; / And retrospective scenes of faults compare, / For soon the opportunity will end!'


History note: Unknown before S.G. Perceval (1838-1922)

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


18th Century-19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1800

Components of the work

Outer Case composed of horn ( painted as tortoiseshell) paint Diameter 55 mm Height 69.5 mm Thickness 24.5 mm Width 55 mm
Pair Case composed of gilt brass
Pins composed of brass (alloy)
Inner Case Diameter 48.5 mm Height 64.5 mm Thickness 22.5 mm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: J slanted towards the R

  • Text: incuse JR
  • Location: Cases
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.94 & A-D-1923
Primary reference Number: 207528
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 7 January 2016 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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