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George Augustus Rowell (1770 - 1834)
Movement and dial of a verge watch
Movement: Rowell Oxford 211, c. 1790
dial; white enamel movement; gilt-brass; pierced and engraved, steel, silver; engraved
44.65 mm diameter back plate 39.8 mm diameter pillar 5.1 mm height overall 15.8 mm thickness
Case: missing. Dial: White enamel dial with an outer circle for minutes with lozenge marks at XII, III, VI and IX, surrounding Roman hours I-XII. Movement: Circular gilt-brass plates with four cylindrical pillars and a separate barrel bridge. Gilt-brass mainspring barrel with setup (ratchet system?) beneath the dial. Fusee with chain and standard stop-work. Four wheel going train, the centre wheel solid, the third and contrate wheels with four crossings. The third wheel and contrate pinion are recessed into the front plate and run in a separate bridge. Verge escapement, the crown wheel running between a screwed-on potence and a riveted counter-potence. Plain steel three-arm balance with spiral balance spring and ‘Tompion’ regulator, the silver index engraved. Pierced and engraved balance cock, the foot solid, the table with pierce d and engraved with foliate scrolls and with a mask at the junction. Movement Signed: Rowell Oxford 211 Notes: George Augustus Rowell, Broad Street, Oxford 1770 - died1834. Succeeded by his son Richard Rouse Rowell as a clock and watchmaker, silversmith and jeweller at 36 Broad Street The firm exists today in Turl Street Oxford.
Presented by Evans Roberts through the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1917.