The Prize Chronometer

Catalogue no: 1475
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): G. Muston
Total pages: 8 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): English Publication date: May, 1825
Editor: Publisher: Mechanics' Magazine
Dimensions: 220mm x 130mm Condition: Reasonable
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Consists of an announcement followed by two long letters from Muston.

Begins with short announcement to say that the prize of £300 from the Admiralty for the best chronometer after a year's trial at Greenwich, has been awarded to Mr R. Widenham of East-street, Red Lion-square, "a very young and ingenious artist."

There follows two lengthy letters from Muston, in reply to two letters in previous Mechanics' Magazines, signed "A Real Workman" and which are, sadly, not included but which relate to the prize chronometer.

The letters concern the manufacturing of chronometers and who is the actual manufacturer, rather than whose name appears on the movement.  Mr French (presumably of Royal Exchange) had also sent in a rather intemperate letter to which Muston responds.  Much interesting material on the relationship between Masters and Workmen of this period.

Two other short pieces are included;

1. On the Stopping of Astronomical Clocks by William Howard, M.D., Professor of natural Philosophy in the University of maryland.

2. Sir William Congreve's Moveable Ball-Clock.

Room location: Library Extension Cabinet: F Shelf: 5
Search terms: Chronometers
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