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Watch: M/P.34 & A-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Verge watch in silver repousse case

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Worke LONDON 14848'. Balance bridge with pierced and engraved table, feet engraved with pairs of crossed lines. Steel balance. Pierced and engraved slide plate, silver regulation dial with Arabic figure 1 to 6. Pierced fusee iron post. Case bolt and spring with, vertical, pierced foot. Potance, with moulding to end of foot screwed to plate. Counter-potance riveted to plate. Pillar plate with four square baluster pillars. Plate stamped 'W' under minute wheel. Fusee and chain, set up ratchet barrel, barrel with one lip. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise

BRASS EDGE: Gilt edge. Some unused holes for dial and pillars.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, arcaded ladder minute ring with radial Arabic 5 minute numbers between. Radial Roman chapters, inner circle. The markings on the dial are of variable density, the minute circle is particularly light in some places. Counter enamel painted with '12 3/4'.

INNER CASE: Plain silver with London Hall Mark for 1785, makers mark 'RS' in rectangular and small corner chamfer cameo. Small boar's head stamp. Dutch Tax mark 1831-52? and stamp of head and shoulders looking to the viewer's left. Inside of the body scratched 'XXO', 'Od7' and '232' etc.

OUTER CASE (A): Silver repousse with three figures on back within scrolled border. Repousse bezel.

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1913-06-05) by Smart, Frank Gray


18th Century
Production date: AD 1785

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( on copper) copper
Fusee Post composed of iron
Brass Edge composed of gilt
Cases composed of silver
Movement composed of steel
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 34 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 35 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 37 mm
Inner Case Diameter 41 mm Height 53.75 mm Thickness 24 mm
Outer Case Diameter 49.5 mm Height 57 mm Thickness 26.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 7 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Worke LONDON 14848
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 12 3/4
  • Location: Dial
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Number
  • Text: London Hallmark for 1785
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: RS' in rectangular and small corner chamfer cameo. Small boar's head stamp
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: Dutch Tax mark 1831-52? and stamp of head and shoulders looking to the viewer's left
  • Location: Inner case
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 'XXO', 'Od7' and '232' etc
  • Location: Inside case body
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.34 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 208427
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Audit data

Created: Friday 11 March 2016 Updated: Wednesday 14 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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