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Calendar watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Thomas Alcock (recorded working 1630, Clockmakers’ Company 1632, died before 1688)
Date:
ca. 1650
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Outer case: leather-covered silver with silver piqué work; Inner case: silver; Movement: gilt brass, steel, partly blued, and silver
Dimensions:
Diam. 1-3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1470
Not on view
The concentric chapter rings of this unusual dial indicate the time of tides (presumably at London Bridge), mean solar time (I.XII), the age of the moon in its monthly cycle (1.291.2), and the day of the month (1.31). The moonfs phases can be read though the circular aperture in the center disk. The February 1661 issue of Kingdoms Intelligencer, a newspaper published by the English parliament in opposition to the king, reported the loss of a comparable watch by Alcock.
Signature: Tho: Alcock/Londini (on movement)
Frederick George Hilton Price ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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