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    Sale 7604

    Important Clocks and Marine Chronometers

    1 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    A Victorian small brass-bound mahogany two day marine chronometer

    RICHARD HORNBY, LIVERPOOL. CIRCA 1840

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    A Victorian small brass-bound mahogany two day marine chronometer
    Richard Hornby, Liverpool. Circa 1840
    BOX: three tier brass-bound mahogany with drop-down side handles, vacant brass cartouche to the top and vacant mother of pearl roundel to the front, brass gimbal and bowl, convex glass to brass bezel; case key--145 mm. square
    DIAL: silvered Roman and Arabic dial with 56 hour up/down ring at XII and subsidiary seconds at VI and signed Rich. Hornby Liverpool/No.705, gold main hands and blued steel subsidiary hands--85 mm. diameter
    MOVEMENT: spot-finished plates, single chain fusee with maintaining power, Earnshaw-type escapement with cut bi-metallic balance with cylindrical temperature compensation weights, polished steel helical balance spring; tipsy winding key


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    T. Mercer (Mercer Chronometers, History, Maintenance and Repair, Mayfield, 2003), records Richard Hornby working as a watchmaker and chronometer maker at New Scotland Road from 1811-1869, with a shop at Pool Lane.

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