4 July 2007
A Victorian small mahogany and brass-mounted two-day Royal Observatory (Greenwich) marine chronometer
E.J. Massey, Liverpool, No.107. Purchased 1841
BOX: three-tier with small brass recessed side handles and brass corner pieces, internal quarter-round 'Naval' strengthening pieces to the base, ivory roundel to the front with Government mark and signed E.J. MASSEY/107/2 DAYS, flat glass to bezel, brass gimbal and bowl with spring-loaded winding cover
DIAL: silvered and engraved, signed E.J.Massey Liverpool/Patent No.107 and with Government mark, with 54-hour up/down and subsidiary seconds rings, hands of blued steel
MOVEMENT: small plates joined by ringed pillars, top plate with Government mark, chain and fusee with maintaining power; tipsy key
ESCAPEMENT: Earnshaw-type with flat strip steel spring detent, cut bimetallic balance with cylindrical heat compensation weights and polished steel helical balance spring
160 mm. square box, 90 mm. diameter dial
Purchased by the Royal Navy in December 1841 and transfered to Portsmouth. In 1901 recorded as transfered to H.M.S. Mutine, one of six Condor class sloops ordered by the Navy in 1900. Launched in March 1901 she was sold for scrap in 1932. In December 1914 the chronometer was transfered to H.M.S. Inconstant, one of eight Arethusa class light cruisers built 1912-1915. Inconstant took part in the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of World War I, in May 1916. She was sold for scrap in 1922. No.107 was sold to a Mr Boldon Smith in 1923.
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