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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1786-7 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Perigal, Francis (watchmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with enamel dial

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 65, shelf A, box 8 []

Place of Origin

London (made)


1786-7 (made)


Perigal, Francis (watchmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold with enamel dial

Historical context note

On 1 September 1790 this watch, valued at £ 20, was stolen at Enfield race course from Henry Hare Townsend (sic), who used the watch to time horses. George Barrington, the notorious pickpocket, was tried at the Old Bailey and sentenced to transportation to Australia. His good conduct earned him the post of chief constable at Parramatta.

Descriptive line

Gold case, mark of Valentine Walker, dial of enamel. Centre-seconds stop watch with cylinder escapement by Francis Perigal. Made in London in 1786-7

Production Note

On case mark of Valentine Walker


Gold; Enamel


Jewellery; Metalwork; Clocks & Watches


Metalwork Collection

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