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Pair-case watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)
Maker:
Case maker: Nathanial Delander (British, 1648–ca. 1691)
Date:
1685–86
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Outer case: red tortoiseshell with silver inlay; Inner case and champlevé dial: silver
Dimensions:
Diam. 2-1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1487a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 517
Tompion, who was the first to number his watches, began to do so about 1682. The numbers referred to entries in his business ledgers and allowed him to keep track of the various components of a given watch. Unfortunately, none of his ledgers survives.
Signature: Tompion, Lond. (on movement); Tompion (on dial)

Marking: Outercase:
[1] 712 (on rim);
[2] 721 (inside);

Innercase:
[1] + over N (D) (punched inside, partially effaced, for Nathanial Delander);

Movement:
[1] Tompion London/20 (engraved on backplate);
[2] + over 220 (punched on pillar plate);
[3] 20 (inside of chapter ring);
[4] 720 (dial plate, movement side);
[5] (7)20 (dial plate, dial side);
[6] 720 (scratched, underside of cock)
Frederick George Hilton Price ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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