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Treasures Of Time: The World’s Oldest Watch And Clock Collection Finds A New Home At The Science Museum, London

The Clockmakers’ Collection at the Science Museum, London

The Science Museum, London is one of the city’s most well known vacation spots. Established in 1857, the historical center holds an assortment of more than 300,000 things, including the most seasoned enduring steam locomotive, the primary fly motor and the Apollo 10 command module.

Founded in 1631, London’s Worshipful Company of Clockmakers is the most established enduring horological association in the world. In the Company’s initial days, membership was required to be occupied with check or watchmaking in London. Today, the company is a charitable institution.

We are delighted to see the Clockmakers’ Collection housed at the Science Museum. The new partnership between the Clockmakers  and the Science Museum implies our 140 year old assortment will stay on show for the public’s delight and inspiration.

– Philip Whyte, Master of the Clockmakers’ Company

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers’ assortment was begun in 1814, and is now the most seasoned assortment of watches and checks in the world, containing in excess of 600 watches, 80 tickers and 25 marine chronometers. Eminent pieces in the assortment include:

Longcase clock by Daniel Quare (c. 1647 – 1724) of London, which goes for a year at one winding. Made for a little while of King William III to Lord Coningsby, at Hampton, Court, close to Leominster.

One of fifty wristwatches made by Dr. George Daniels ( 1926-2011 ), to commend the Millennium. He filled in as Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1980.

An tiny silver pocket watch by Edward East ( c. 1602 – 1696 ). He filled in as Master of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1645 and again in 1653. In 1660 he was selected “Chief Clockmaker to the King”. He lived to be over ninety.

Miniature representation accepted to be Edward East ( c. 1602 – 1696 ).

The development of a clock by Edward East (see things 4 and 5). It is one of the most punctual pendulum watches made in London.

The dial of a fine gold pocket watch by Charles Gretton ( c.1649-c.1733 ) of Fleet Street, London.

The perfectly punctured case and designed development of a silver watch by Charles Gretton.

Detail of the etching of a silver watch by Charles Gretton.

5th Marine Timekeeper by John Harrison (1696 – 1776). This was the toward the end in the arrangement of watches made by Harrison in his endeavor to win the acclaimed “Longitude Prize” of £20,000. It was made in London and tried actually by King George III.

The development of the 5th Marine Timekeeper by John Harrison (1696 – 1776)

Wooden development from a longcase clock by John Harrison (1696-1776). This was made in 1713 and is the soonest known clock by this maker.

“Smiths De Luxe” wristwatch by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. This watch was on the wrist of Sir Edmund Hillary when he reached the culmination of Everest in 1953.

Edward Scrivener, a London clockmaker. Scrivener was apprenticed through the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1727.

A little star-shaped watch, unpredictably engraved with scenes from the Bible. It was made c. 1630 by David Ramsay, named by King Charles I as the main Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1631.

An engraved skull containing a watch, which was for quite some time accepted to have been given to Mary Seaton by Mary Queen of Scots at the hour of her execution. It was truth be told made in the 18th century, an early example of the Romantic Revival.

The Charter of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, conceded in 1631 by King Charles I. It gives the Company authority over all clock and watchmakers working within the City of London and ten miles beyond.

The Clockmakers’ Collection at the Science Museum, London

The Science Museum is the ideal spot to house the Clockmakers' Museum since time is a center logical idea.  Our three million or more guests a year will cherish this astonishing collection.

– Ian Blatchford, Director, Science Museum, London

On an individual note, I visited the Clockmakers’ assortment in 2013 when it was at London’s Guildhall, and it is totally stupendous. On the off chance that you have any revenue in the historical side of horology, you 100% need to visit the Science Museum to see the Clockmakers’ assortment in its new home. Give yourself in any event one entire day to take on the whole the assortment has to offer!

The Clockmakers’ assortment at the Science Museum, London opens on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Photographs civility of The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers .