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John Poole Sr. Chronometer

spclock

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Hi Forum,
I'm hoping someone could shed some light on a Poole chronometer I've had for years. It's an 8 day chronometer, signed "Poole, London" on the dial and "No 611" beneath that. We wrote to the The Old Royal Observatory at the National Maritime Museum in London back in 1982 and they felt it was made in the late 1820's as they rated numbers 663 and 664 there in 1831. They attributed it to John Poole Sr. "already working in 1822" . (since John Poole Jr. was born in 1818).
I recently purchased another Poole Chronometer #3671 (made in 1865) and when went to look it up in Mercers book I noticed there's no mention of John Poole Sr as a maker, however they do list serial numbers 591 and up made in 1826 and 663 and up made in 1832. These couldn't have been made by John Poole Jr as he was only 8 years old in 1826. ( unless he was REALLY talented) I can't seem to find any information about John Poole Sr on line or in several of the references I checked. Any thoughts on why John Poole Sr would be so obscure or where I could find at least some information on him?

Here's a few pictures of both clocks....

poole611.jpg poole3671.jpg
 

Ralph

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A friend recently pointed this out to me.

"Jonathan's (Bett's) biography of the Poole family, including John Sr, can be found on pp 404-407 of the Greenwich catalog. Three out of four of the pages are visible in the Googlebooks preview."

Ralph
 

spclock

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Thank's Ralph, That's exactly the information i was looking for. It seemed odd that there not a lot of info available on Poole, Sr anywhere else. I'm putting that book on my Christmas List, looks like a Phenomenal book, just kind of pricey...

Kind of neat having Father and Son Chronometers ...