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MA14: Maritime Auction

A 19th Century Rosewood Two Day Marine Chronometer by Charles Shepherd, London

Auction Lot MA14/89

A 19th Century rosewood two day marine chronometer by Charles Shepherd, London, the fusee movement having a split bimetallic balance to the Earnshaw type escapement, spotting to the backplate, and numbered to the frontplate 1684, the four-inch, round silvered dial engraved ' Charles Shepherd, Maker to the Royal Navy, 53 Leadenhall St, London, 1684', with a 56 hour 'up/down' dial and subsidiary seconds dial and gold spade hands, the brass bound rosewood box with applied bone plaque and brass carrying handles to the sides; dimensions 17x17x19cm the serial number 1684 would indicate a date of manufacture of circa 1864. Charles Shepherd is recorded as working at 53, Leadenhall Street from circa 1851 until 1884.in 1852 he made and fitted the first master and slave clocks used at the dropping of the Greenwich time ball at one o'clock each afternoon and therefore allowing for the concept of coordinated time in varying places; the signed clock dial is still prominently fixed to the wall of the Greenwich Observatory.

A 19th Century Rosewood Two Day Marine Chronometer by Charles Shepherd, London (MA14/89) offered in our Maritime Auction starting on 11th June 2014 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

A 19th Century rosewood two day marine chronometer by Charles Shepherd, London, the fusee movement having a split bimetallic balance to the Earnshaw type escapement, spotting to the backplate, and numbered to the frontplate 1684, the four-inch, round silvered dial engraved ' Charles Shepherd, Maker to the Royal Navy, 53 Leadenhall St, London, 1684', with a 56 hour 'up/down' dial and subsidiary seconds dial and gold spade hands, the brass bound rosewood box with applied bone plaque and brass carrying handles to the sides; dimensions 17x17x19cm the serial number 1684 would indicate a date of manufacture of circa 1864. Charles Shepherd is recorded as working at 53, Leadenhall Street from circa 1851 until 1884.in 1852 he made and fitted the first master and slave clocks used at the dropping of the Greenwich time ball at one o'clock each afternoon and therefore allowing for the concept of coordinated time in varying places; the signed clock dial is still prominently fixed to the wall of the Greenwich Observatory.

Price Realised

£2,900

Department

Maritime and Sporting

Sale Information

MA14: Maritime Auction
Wednesday, 11th June 2014
Okehampton Street, Exeter

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