Lot 701 - 07 Nov 2017
Autumn Fine Auction
A small mahogany cased two-day marine chronometer
By Parkinson & Frodsham, London, No. 768, circa 1825
The case with plain hinged cover, above glazed lid, the front inset with a rectangular ivory panel, above shaped lock escutcheon and a brass carrying handle to each side, lacquered brass bowl, gimbals and locking lever, with 'tipsy' key stamped '768', the bezel with a convex glass above the 3in. silvered brass dial, signed below the XII 'PARKINSON & FRODSHAM / Change Alley /London No. 768', with Roman chapters and Arabic five-minute markers, blued steel hands and seconds subsidiary, the signed chain fusée movement with cylindrical ring-turned pillars, bi-metallic compensated balance with diamond endpiece, blued steel hairspring, Earnshaw spring detent escapement, internal brass sprung dust cover, (1 key and 1 case key)
15.2cm. x 16cm. Illustrated
Parkinson & Frodsham was established in 1801 by William James Frodsham (1778-1850) and William Parkinson (d.1842). Their business continued throughout the 19th century at Change Alley, supplying chronometers to the Admiralty and to shipping lines. Very little of their records survive, although there are some late 19th century records from the firm at the Guildhall Library, London.
In Phillip Arnott's article Chronometers on East India Company Ships 1800-33, the Company is recorded as having Parkinson & Frodsham No. 771, which was in use by Captain Graham on Caledonia in 1822, see Antiquarian Horological Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 2007, p. 481-500.
The case is in good original condition. The wood is dry.
There is some bleaching to the top lid.
The dial silvering is worn and a little streaky. The movement runs with would and would benefit from a clean.
The key is numbered, but I think is not the original.
(1 key and 1 case key)