PENNEY – Morton's Patent Watches:


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Horological Profile No 1 covering all versions of these rare English watches

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Printed card covers, 24 pages, highly illustrated throughout in colour with line drawings of escapements and Patent Office drawings, list of known watches with dates, 15 examples described in depth. Privately printed, 2019.

Watches covered are Morton's Patent; Morton's Patent improved; Patent Chronometer; London Patent Chronometer; and Patent Union Chronometer, and much of the information is new and has not been seen before. 

This is a first in a planned series of Horological Profiles aimed primarily at watch owners, collectors, dealers, auctioneers and museum staff, as well as anyone with a passing interest in the subject of antiquarian horology. The aim is to provide the latest and most up-to-date information regarding watches of all types. This includes both technical and decorative features and I welcome feedback that will either correct or enlarge on their content.

The size of the booklets and their subsequent limitations is intended. I have no wish to produce publications that are too large or too annoyingly cumbersome to use, and I trust it will be a pleasure to consult these Profiles either at home or on the road. Issues can of course be bound for added durability if so wished. 

As a professional researcher within the field of the history of technology, primarily within antiquarian horology, it has become clear that there is a great deal of missing and incorrect information in the available resources. This is not to decry past authors at all, but only to say that information turns up at such a rate that it is almost impossible to keep up. I trust these booklets will help place what are often the most wonderful objects within their deserved historical framework. Watch and clock making has occupied some of the greatest minds (technical, artistic and scientific) over the last 500 or so years and the best work of any period really does deserve to be better understood. In publishing these Profiles, I trust it can be better appreciated.