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GOLD POCKET CHRONOMETER BY BARWISE – 1815

Signed Barwise London
Hallmarked London 1815
Diameter 56 mm
Depth 17 mm

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This exquisite chronometer was crafted by the renowned watchmaker John Barwise in the early 19th century. Encased in a splendid consular case made of 18 carat gold, this timepiece is truly a work of art.

The full plate gilt keywind fusee movement features Harrison's maintaining power, ensuring precision and accuracy. The plain cock is adorned with a diamond endstone set in blue steel, adding an elegant touch. The compensation balance, with its heavy blue steel and brass laminated rims, is secured by screws to slender brass arms. A helical blue steel hairspring completes the impeccable craftsmanship.

The chronometer escapement is a masterpiece in itself, with an Earnshaw spring detent dovetailed into a gilt foot. The escape pivots are equipped with endstones, enhancing the accuracy of the movement. The white enamel dial is signed and numbered, featuring Roman numerals and gold hands. A subsidiary seconds dial adds to the functionality of the timepiece.

The consular case, with its faded engine turned design, is a testament to the elegance of the era. It is made of 18 carat gold and has dust proof recesses for the bezel and back. A small hole near the movement latch ensures the security of the timepiece.

John Barwise was a highly esteemed watchmaker of his time and was selected by the Board of Longitude to assess the chronometers made by John Arnold and Thomas Earnshaw. This chronometer is a testament to his skill and expertise. The casemaker Thomas Hardy, known for his work on Arnold chronometers, crafted the consular case with his mark "TH" in a rectangle.

In conclusion, this early 19th century chronometer by Barwise is a remarkable piece of horological history. Its exquisite craftsmanship, combined with its historical significance, make it a truly special timepiece.

Signed Barwise London
Hallmarked London 1815
Diameter 56 mm
Depth 17 mm

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