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John Poole (1818-1867)

Biography of chronometer maker John Poole (1818-1867)

John Poole (1818-1867) was a fine chronometer maker who, in circa 1850, devised his own auxiliary compensation for the balance, which was used as standard by many other makers.

It is also known that Poole used wedge weights.

Poole worked from various addresses around the Clerkenwell area and off Commercial Road, including 9 York Terrace from 1833 until 1842, with his home being at 14 River Street, Myddleton Square in 1865.

John Poole committed suicide in 1867, the year he won a Gold Medal in Paris. His business was continued by his brother James Poole (born 1816) who had been part of the firm specializing in watches. After the latter's death in 1900, the business was carried on by his son, also James.

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Lot FS14/813

Lot FS14/813: Poole For John Clark, Greenock, A Mahogany Cased Two-day Chronometer

Poole for John Clark, Greenock, a mahogany cased two-day chronometer, the full-plate, chain-fusee movement having maintaining power, an Earnshaw escapement with the cut bimetallic compensated balance having wedge shaped weights, 10-turn blued-steel helical balance spring, engraved to the backplate 'Poole, London, 856', the four-inch silvered dial engraved with black Roman numerals, signed 'Jno. Clark, Greenock, 856', with gold spade hands, the subsidiary seconds dial and 54 hour 'up-and-down' dial with blued steel hands, the frame stamped 'U RT', with brass bowl and gimbal contained in a brass-bound three-tier mahogany case with brass drop handles, diameter 16.5 x 16.5 x 17.5cm the serial number on this movement would suggest a date of manufacture of circa 1839. *John Clark (& Son) are recorded as working as a chronometer maker at White Hart Buildings hart BuildingsHin the port of Greenock, near Glasgow from circa 1822 until 1872. It is known that he used movements with Poole's compensation.

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
Realised: £1,550