TOBIAS & LEVITT, Minories, London. No 178


£ 5,995.00

A fine late Georgian pocket chronometer, almost certainly by Pennington.

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Large silver case hallmarked London 1818, casemaker Y/HG (probably Henry Galloway, Clerkenwell, but the addition of the Y is not at present understood). Fullplate fusee movement finished in the then fashionably plain style, with cap jewels on balance (diamond) and escape, the distinctive escape hole shape a sign of the work of Robert Pennington, or someone trained by him. Chronometer escapement, the spring-detent of Pennington's dovetail footed design. Compensation balance of somewhat unusual form, with Earnshaw-style wedge weights plus the addition of quarter-timing screws, the outer rims with engraved scale. 6-turn blued-steel helical spring with Arnold's terminal curves. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued steel hands. Together with lovely 3-piece mahogany deck box, the Patent lock retaining its original keys - two of them. Most unusual. Watch 56 mm diameter, box 11 x 9 x 6.5 cm.

Morris Tobias and Lewis Levitt, watch and chronometer makers with offices in London and Liverpool, known to have retailed pocket and box chronometers. Also known for their patented design (July 1812) of ship's binnacle clock.

Robert Pennington, son of Robert, an important family of wholesale chronometer makers that supplied many retailers in the first half of the 19th century.

Box, watch, movement, escapement, etc, all in lovely original condition, a fine example of best quality London work. Serviced and guaranteed.