This movement represents an early, short-lived experiment: the newly invented balance spring. Tompion omitted a fusee—a cone-shaped device used to even out the force in the timekeeping mechanism as the spring unwinds. His fine workmanship, the ingeniousness of his designs, and the greatly improved accuracy of his timepieces contributed vastly to the fame of English clockmaking in his lifetime. Nathaniel Delander was one of Tompion’s favored casemakers.
Signature: Signed on back plate of movement: Tho. Tompion London
Marking:  Crab, struck twice on head of pendant (mark of French provinces in use 1838 to present, for silver, restricted warranty);  ND conjoined (on the interior of the case, for Nathanial Delander)
Frederick George Hilton Price , London (in 1898–before 1912; to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (by 1912–17; to MMA)
Artist: Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1700Medium: Case: walnut; oak veneered with walnut; and string inlays of holly and stained holly; Dial: partly gilded and partly silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 64.101.865On view in:Not on view
Artist: Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: 1682–83Medium: Outer case: leather with gold studs; inner case and dial: gold with blued-steel hands; movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, and silverAccession: 17.190.1489a, bOn view in:Not on view
Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1677–80Medium: Case: oak veneered with walnut, panels of oyster-cut olive wood; marquetry panels of green-stained bone, ivory, and various woods; gilded-brass mounts; dial: gilded and silvered brass; movement: brass and steelAccession: 1999.48.2On view in:Not on view