The finial and its supporting structure may not be original.
Marking:  Leopard's head (London assay office mark);  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  D in shaped shield (date letter for 1581–82);  indecipherable within an oval outline (unidentified maker's mark).
Location of marks: – on half dome of base near junction with vertical mid-section of stand
Courtenay Vivian ; R. W. M. Walker, Esq. (until 1945; sale, Christie's, London, July 11, 1945, no. 229; sold for £800 to Mallet); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540