Skip to main content

Watch: M/P.103 & A-1913

An image of Watch

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Cox, James (Probably)




Verge watch and animated brooch set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement, time and animation, no name or number. Balance cock, plain pierced table, 6 pointed star, plain foot. Brass balance with 2 1/4 turn spring. Plain cock for regulation pinion with square, access through back of case. Blued steel set-up click, wheel and spring. Blued steel automation stop levers, projection through side of case. Rectangular fusee iron post. Mechanism train ends in depthing pinion with two bladed fan. Pillar plate with four turned pillars, cylindrical. Dial on nut which secures and pivots animated rosette. Fusee and chain, barrel with one lip, set-up click on top plate. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise. Animation train between plates and on, and under, bridged on pillar plate. Geneva stopwork on barrel arbour.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, gilt edge, two feet, counter enamel. Line minute ring, radial Arabic chapters, 4, 5, 7 and 8 read from outside. Fixing screw in place of 6 o'clock. Small white dial in centre of brooch of general oval shape. Rotating anulus around dial set with rubies and emeralds with seven smaller rotating discs set with diamonds. Each side with rotating discs with twelve points, set with ruby points and set diamonds in centre. These patterns make two seven pointed stars and a twelve pointed star. Three bezels set with diamonds. Body set with outer ring of rubies with diamonds and emeralds inside.
On pressing a small nib under the brooch sideways, the three stars revolve. The outside ones go clockwise, the inner one goes anti-clockwise, and the roses between the latter's points also go anti-clockwise. This motion is produced by a separately wound train.

HANDS: Gold, diamond shaped hour, plain minute pointer.

CASE: Cast brass, back covered with gold. Back with three holes, engraved 'W', 'M', 'F' and 'S', the last holes with rotating cover, all with arrows. Inside back scratched '3'. Back secured by twelve screws through side.

STORAGE BOX (A): Deep blue velvet covered rectangular box with two hinges and press catch, shaped brass corners on lid and base. Shaped brass plaque in centre of formed lid. Inside lid covered in silk, raised form with recess in base covered with velvet.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Circa 1750 - 1780

Components of the work

Box composed of silk ( inside lid) brass (alloy) velvet
Dial composed of enamel ( on copper) gilt copper
Hands, Case composed of gold
Movement composed of steel
Movement, Case composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (dial) Diameter 11.75 mm
Movement (central Rosette) Diameter 26 mm
Storage Box Height 177 mm Width 120 mm
Case Height 45.25 mm Thickness 23.75 mm Width 75 mm
Sotrage Box Thickness 58 mm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.103 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 77464
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Watch" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-19 20:09:38

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Watch |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-19 20:09:38|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Watch</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

Watch stand

Accession Number: C.87-1928


Accession Number: M/P.1-1916

Watchstand with figure of Georgraphy

Accession Number: C.976-1928

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...