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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Martinot, Balthazar




Verge watch with 'wandering hour dial' in filigree. Gold case.
MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Baltazar Martinot A Paris'. Balance cock with oval table and foot, both pierced and engraved. Steel balance. Silver set-up dial with radial Arabic figures 1 to 8, over brass worm wheel. Steel worm with blued steel brackets having large pierced feet. Worm guard and pointer missing. Rectangular fusee iron post, fusee iron spring fixed by projection through top plate. Case bolt with flat decorative foot on brass edge, with nib through dial. Triangular potance with engraved side, riveted to plate, end of rivet engraved. Counter-potance with foot screwed to under-side of top plate at edge. Engraving around rectangular escapement hole. Pillar plate with four turned baluster pillars. Under dial brass pin to turn hour disks

BRASS EDGE: Four pillars spacing edge from plate, centre removed for hour dial. The dial side has an engraved border. Riveted joint.

DIAL: White enamel on gold, four feet. Semi-circular slot in top half, outside slot radial 5 min. figures, 00 to 60 ladder minute arc. Inside slot radial Roman quarters 00 to III. Centre and lower half polychrome enamel, counter enamel. Wandering hour disc; gilt brass with two rectangular hour apertures, with an engraved strip of country scene and buildings, between the apertures. Two silver discs pivoted behind apertures engraved with Roman hours (I, III, V...). Enamel depiction of a classical painting, possible the 'Return of Ulysses'.

INNER CASE: Gold, plain with winding hole, and scratched on the outside '294 53 (reversed) O/-/-'. Bezel split. Turned ball pendent, with plain ring bow.

OUTER CASE (A): Gold, fine filigree.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Production date: circa AD 1650

Components of the work

Outer Pair Case composed of gold ( filigree)
Inner Pair Case composed of gold
Movement composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 30.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 32 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 33 mm
Inner Case Diameter 38.25 mm Height 45.25 mm Thickness 23 mm
Outer Case Diameter 43.25 mm Height 47.5 mm Thickness 23.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Diameter 6.75 mm
Brass Edge

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Baltazar Martinot A Paris
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 294 53 (reversed) O/-/-
  • Location: Inner case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.9 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 77476
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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