Curious Time-measurers

Catalogue no: 1279
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 8 Illustrations: 16 Language(s): English Publication date: Nov., 1879
Editor: Publisher: The Leisure Hour
Dimensions: 285mm x 200mm Condition: Good, but some tears
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An article in 2 parts. Part 1, pp.710-712; Part 2, pp. 744-748 Intended for the general reader, the first part of the article mostly concentrates on early timekeepers from antiquity, sundials and water clocks. Also, the introduction of mechanical clocks in the medieval period including information on Richard de Wallingford, Di Dondi and Peter Lightfoot. The clocks at Strasburg, Dover Castle and Wells are also described. The article then covers the invention of the pendulum and (briefly) the work of John Harrison. (No Illustrations) The 2nd part of the article concentrates on watches starting with Alarum devices (including public cloocks). Then covers the early years of watches starting with Peter Hele of Nuremburg and describes watches owned by historical figures such as Henry V111, Elizabeth 1, Mary Queen of Scots, James 1 and Charles 1. The article continues with the invention of the balance spring and describes some watches in the South Kensington Museum. Included in this part are drawings over 2 pages of 16 different watches from 16th to 18th centuries.
Room location: Library Extension Cabinet: F Shelf: 4
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