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An attractive eight day marine chronometer. The three part mahogany case, with brass carrying handles to the side and a brass plaque on the lid, has a bone signature plate for the maker, ‘John Fletcher, 148 Leadenhall Street, London, No 2595’. The lid opens to reveal the glass topped middle section which itself opens to gain access to the chronometer.
The dial is signed and numbered in full for the maker with gilded hands and a state of wind below XII.
The eight day movement housed in the usual gimballed mounting has spotted plates and a fine chronometer escapement with helical spring and bi-metallic bars to the ‘S’ shaped balance.
There is a ratcheted key standing in the corner of the box in the usual position.
The 8″ (20 cm) almost square box stands 9″ (23 cm) high.
The maker John Fletcher was born in 1802 and died in 1882. He worked from a variety of addresses in London from 1834 until his death. He was a fine chronometer maker and also traded as an optician. He was a member of the Council of the BHI.
For more information see Mercer ‘Chronometer Makers of the World’.