A good mid 19th century two day brass-bound mahogany marine chronometer with interesting Naval provenance  T. Cotterell & Co, London, eleve de Parkinson & Frodsham, Change Alley, 828/2156, circa 1840
Lot 41
A good mid 19th century two day brass-bound mahogany marine chronometer with interesting Naval provenance T. Cotterell & Co, London, elevé de Parkinson & Frodsham, Change Alley, 828/2156, circa 1840
Sold for £7,800 (US$ 13,110) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A good mid 19th century two day brass-bound mahogany marine chronometer with interesting Naval provenance
T. Cotterell & Co, London, elevé de Parkinson & Frodsham, Change Alley, 828/2156, circa 1840
the spotted gilt movement marked with the Ordnance arrow, with chain fusee and maintaining power to a freesprung white metal helical spring terminating in a bimetallic Z-type balance with circular timing weights, the whole movement protected by a can-type dust cover secured by bayonet fittings, in a weighted, gimballed bowl with sprung securing catch to the lower right hand corner, the signed and numbered 3.5 inch silvered Roman and Arabic dial with subsidiaries for state of wind and running seconds, the three part case with blank cartouche and engraved 'X' to the lid, the centre section with applied nameplate and the lower section with swing handles and original key, further marked with a recessed label 'WV1937' The case 16cms (6.25ins) wide.

Footnotes

  • The second tier of the case bears an applied label reading 'Issued from Royal Observatory, Greenwich 21 Dec 1925', the base of the case has Greenwich standard rails screwed reinforcing the inner sides of the lower box.
    Its life at sea is well documented in Admiralty records from 1841 through to 1907. During that time, it served on the following ships; in 1847 HMS Cygnet, 1852 HMS Triton, 1875 HMS Republic and finally in 1891 aboard HMS Gossamer.
    In between time, it spent periods being repaired by Dent, Isaac and other 19th century workshops in places as far afield as Portsmouth, Malta and Hong Kong. We know that in 1876 it had a new balance and in 1886 a new mainspring. 13 years later it was re-sprung again and in 1908 it went to the Hydrographic survey department for use in training. It was sold to Percy Webster, a clock dealer, in 1937. The deaccessioning X mark (denoting that the chronometer was still fit for navigational use) to the lid would have been inlaid at this time.
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