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Watch

Maker:
Movement by John Midnall (recorded ca. 1620–41)
Date:
probably ca. 1620–30
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: silver; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued
Dimensions:
H. 1-1/2 x W. 7/8 in. (3.8 x 2.2 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1472
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 517
John Midnall was one of the first assistants in the London Clockmakers’ Company, chartered in 1631. The case was probably given its floral decoration about the middle of the seventeenth century.
Signature: Jo Midnall/in Fleet street/Fecit (on the back plate of the movement)
Frederick George Hilton Price , London ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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