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Traveling clock watch with alarm

Maker:
Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)
Maker:
Case and dial maker: Nathanial Delander (British, 1648–ca. 1691)
Date:
ca. 1680
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case and dial: silver; Movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, and silver
Dimensions:
Overall (case): 5 3/4 × 4 × 2 in. (14.6 × 10.2 × 5.1 cm); Diameter (back plate): 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1512
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 517
This movement represents an early, short-lived experiment: the newly invented balance spring. Tompion omitted a fusee—a cone-shaped device used to even out the force in the timekeeping mechanism as the spring unwinds. His fine workmanship, the ingeniousness of his designs, and the greatly improved accuracy of his timepieces contributed vastly to the fame of English clockmaking in his lifetime. Nathaniel Delander was one of Tompion’s favored casemakers.
Signature: Signed on back plate of movement: Tho. Tompion London

Marking: [1] Crab, struck twice on head of pendant (mark of French provinces in use 1838 to present, for silver, restricted warranty);
[2] ND conjoined (on the interior of the case, for Nathanial Delander)
Frederick George Hilton Price , London ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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