DescriptionGeorge Tyler London Rare and Unique Gold Clock Watch Presented by Queen Anne to the Earl of Cromarty, circa 1702
Case: 58 mm, pierced 20k gold outer, inscribed on the back "The gift of Anne Stuart Queen of Great Britain and Ireland to the Earl of Cromarty," outer case with makers mark of WI, five profile repousee figures on the back, five raised cherubs around the bezel, five piece side box hinge, gilt inner case (tests low karat in content), inner steel bell, inner case pierced with star shapes, silent - strike lever positioned near ten o'clock, bulls eye glass crystal
Dial: white enamel with Roman hour numerals, black minute track, outer five minute numerals, gold heart shaped hands
Movement: fire gilt pinned full plate, verge escapement and fusee, one hour strike on steel bell, winged single footed pierced and masked cock, pierced Egyptian pillars, tapered cylindrical pillars near the clock strike train, silver disc regulator, engraved clock spring barrel, leaf engraving around the dial plate
Signed: George Tyler London on the movement
George Tyler is listed as having apprenticed in 1692, becoming a master in the Clockmaker Company from 1699 to 1723. His museum grade horological works include a bracket clock in the Wetherfield collection and a longcase clock and repeating watch in the Dennison collection. It is interesting to note that this watch was left un-numbered by the maker since it was a specially commissioned piece by the Queen.
Anne was crowned Queen on April 23, 1702 after the death of William III. George Mackenzie was viscount, tarbat and the first Earl of Cromarty. He was born in 1624. He was clerk of the privy council and a senator in the college of justice. James II also made him a baron and viscount. Queen Anne appointed him as secretary of state and the Earl of Cromarty. He died in 1714 at the age of eighty-eight. He was a highly learned nobleman and the author of a "Vindication of Robert III, the King of Scotland from the charge of bastardy." He also wrote the Synopsis Apocalyptica and an explication of the Revelations.
Type: George Tyler Rare and Unique Gold Clock Watch Presented by Queen Anne to the Earl of Cromarty
Signed: Geo. Tyler London
Dial: enamel, Roman hours, five minute numerals
Hands; gold heart shaped
Metal: 20k outer, gilt inner
Case Info: pair case, back with busts and inscription
Case Width: 58 mm
Crystal: glass bulls eye
Watch Movement: clock watch, hour strike on inner bell, pierced Egyptian pillars, winged cock, verge, fusee and chain, silver disc regulator
Condition: running and striking, cases both very good, dial good with light hairline, very small line crack near 25 minute mark
Notes: case is engraved " The gift of Anne Stuart Queen of Great Britian and Ireland to the Earl of Cromarty"
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