JOSEPH SEWILL, Maker to the Admiralty, Liverpool

  JOSEPH SEWILL, Maker to the Admiralty, Liverpool

A nineteenth century ships chronometer in a three tier brass bound mahogany box with brass shield to the centre of the lid. The mahogany box is in perfect condition and has achieved an excellent colour and good patina. There is an ivory disc to the front centre of the second tier. The lower tier having inset brass handles.
The 56 hour duration movement is suspended in brass gimbals.
The silvered and engraved brass dial has roman numerals with 2 subsidiary dials. The up and down subsidiary dial below 12 o’clock and the seconds dial interrupting 6 o’clock. Across the centre of the dial is the makers name, address and appointment to the admiralty. The up and down dial is flanked by medallions for an 1862 exhibition award and an 1867 award. All the pointers are in blued steel.
The circular four pillar single chain fusée movement has Harrison’s maintaining power and an Ernshaw type spring detent escapement with bi-metallic balance, helical spring and compensating weights. The movement is in excellent original condition throughout.
Joseph Sewill was a celebrated maker of fine chronometers and was so appointed maker to the Admiralty. At some point in its lifetime this particular chronometer is recorded as being on a boat in Chilli and there are labels indicating the clock was cleaned in Antwerp and Newport Monmouthshire in May 1927.
Clock is complete with its original winding key.

Clockmaker: JOSEPH SEWILL, Maker to the Admiralty, Liverpool
Circa: 1870
Stock Number: 4243
Height: 7.75 inches