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The surname is JOHN MOUATWhat's the surname so we can look it up. I read MO_AT.
I think it's Victorian. Difficult to tell possibly 1860-1880 judging by the trefoil hands (if they're original). Screwed plates too.
I like that dead beat escape wheel. Nice front pendulum length adjustment. Looks quality made from here.
A two-day marine chronometer by John Mouat, the silvered dial with subsidiary dial for seconds anThere was a 2-day marine chronometer by John Mouat sold at auction in 2013. That was numbered 423, so not too far off this one
"A two-day marine chronometer by John Mouat, the silvered dial with subsidiary dial for seconds and up/down, signed John Mouat, London, no. 423, the brass bowl gimbal in a rosewood and brass inlaid three tier case with signed ivory plaque, dial w. 10.5 cm, case w. 17.5 cm No guarantee as to working order"
Now that it is an original, I don't dare touch it!ok, so that’s totally cool… lovely clock. are you the type who’d restore it? or are you planning on leaving as is? most of the time i like when clocks look old… but this one is meant to be stared at and would look great w everything polished and shined up.
Here is a blurb from an AHS Sept 2016 publication mentioning John Mouat.
" A mid-19th century ship’s chronometer, complete with its three-tier box was presented and discussed. The movement, dial and box, all in excellent condition, were signed ‘John Mouat, London, No 423’. Attached to the inside of the box lid was a plaque advising on ‘corking’ the balance for transportation. There is very limited data on Mouat, apart from a record of ‘Mr Mouat, Chronometer-maker & Co, on May 18th 1840 at Valparaiso (Chile) received the Larcum Kendall (HMS Bounty) from Capt. Herbert of the HMS Calliope to put it in order’. It is likely that Mouat used to go to and from California (San Francisco), as ships took a variety of goods back and forth. Research so far has revealed little information on Mouat in Valparaiso, nor any other chronometers. "
And "London" doesn't appear to be his address, rather the origin of the kit.Ok so I think the skeleton clock could be a later work by Mouat. Perhaps 1860s is plausible then. I just think that the screwed plates would be a later feature rather than earlier in the 19th c. 1840's as a date for your skeleton clock looks a bit too early to me. And "London" doesn't appear to be his address, rather the origin of the kit. This also explains what this English clock is doing in South America, it has always been in your part of the world.
I have a bracket clock signed on the dial "J. Chaunce Calcutta and London". I don't think Chaunce had a clock address in London. Rather an acknowledgment of the origin of the movement. Kind of like saying, "English made". Here is a link: