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Large gold watch: mid 16th century

Large gold watch: mid 16th century
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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Large gold watch with its face partially hidden by a decorative case. It has a loop at the top and would have been worn on a chain around the neck. This is an example of a gilt-brass alarm watch with single steel hand, pierced and engraved hinged lid and case. The dial has an outer chapter ring of Roman hours I-XII with half-hour marks, and an inner ring showing Arabic numbers for hours 13 to 24. Clock-watches of this type with a stackfreed mechanism (from the German starken feder 'strong spring' were made in the Bavarian watchmaking centre of Nuremberg in the early 16th century. The stackfreed served to equalise the tension of the mainspring, but the timekeeping ability of the movement was poor. Shown closed.

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1550 AD - 1550 AD
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