A VICTORIAN ROYAL OBSERVATORY MAHOGANY TWO-DAY MARINE CHRONOMETER WITH AIRY'S BAR

JOHN FLETCHER, NO. 3482, CIRCA 1875

Lot 72 / Sale 6383
a victorian royal observatory mahogany two-day marine chronometer with airy's bar

Price Realized £5,875
($8,507)
Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

Estimate
    £2,500 - £3,500
  • ($3,620 - $5,068)

Sale Information Sale 6383
IMPORTANT CLOCKS AND MARINE CHRONOMETERS
13 December 2000
London, King Street

Lot Description A VICTORIAN ROYAL OBSERVATORY MAHOGANY TWO-DAY MARINE CHRONOMETER WITH AIRY'S BAR
John Fletcher, No. 3482, Circa 1875
The silvered dial signed and numbered John Fletcher Maker to the Admiralty, 95 Leadenhall Street, London 3482, Roman hour numerals, subsidiary seconds dial within it inscribed Airy's Compensation and the Government mark, subsidiary up-and-down dial, blued steel hands, top-plate incised wth the Government Mark, Earnshaw escapement, cut bimetallic balance with Airy's bar, polished steel helical balance spring, spring foot detent with jewelled locking stone, brass bowl numbered 3482 and gimbal, three-tier mahogany box with quarter-round brass edging and single inlaid brass stringing to front and top lid, the middle section with inset rectangular mother-of-pearl plaque inscribed within a decorative 'garter' John Fletcher, London 3482, the bottom section with inset bone disc inscribed Fletcher 3482, 2-days and with the Government mark, flush recessed carrying handles
97 mm. dial diam. Box 180 mm. square (approx.)

Special Notice VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium.

Lot Notes Royal Observatory Records;
This chronometer was purchased by the Hydrographer of the Navy 7th September 1878
It was issued to the following H.M Ships
1889: H.M.S Alacrity: Despatch vessel
1893: H.M.S Victor Emanuel: Receiving ship
1906: H.M.S Black Prince: Armoured cruise, later sunk Battle of Jutland 31.5.1916
1914: H.M.S Emperor of India, Battleship
1919: H.M.S Carstair: later re-named H.M.S Dryad

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