MARINE CHRONOMETER Barrauds’ London Cornhill 2/607 Ca. 1830 England
Signed and numbered: Barrauds’ London Cornhill 2/607
The eight-day spring-driven single-fusee movement with circular plates has an Earnshaw detent escapement and compensation balance. The balance has regulation screws and a blued-steel helical spring. The movement also has maintaining power, so that the clock continues running whilst being wound. The movement is signed and numbered on the backplate in the following manner: Barrauds, LONDON Cornhill 2/607.
The silvered brass dial has Roman hour, five-minute and minute divisions. The aperture below the middle indicates the power reserve, a so-called up-and-down dial (0-8days). The maker has signed and numbered the clock left and right of the centre as follows: Barrauds’, LONDON Cornhill 2/607. The auxiliary ring above the middle indicates the seconds and has Arabic ten-second and second divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel hands, the hour hand being pierced whilst the seconds are indicated by blued steel pointer.
The movement is situated in a gimballed brass bowl in a three-tier mahogany case. There is a fixed butterfly key at the bottom. To the left is a securing mechanism to protect the movement when being transported. When the case is closed it is possible to open the top lid and view the dial so that the time can be ascertained through a glazed window. There is a circular shaped bone inlay in the front with the chronometer’s number: 2/607.
Duration 8 days
Height 14 cm.
Width 13.5 cm.
Depth 13.5 cm.
Tony Mercer, Chronometer Makers of the World, London, 2004, pp. 172-173.
Cedric Jagger, Paul Philip Barraud, Ticehurst, 1979, pp. 121 and 137.
The Barrauds were a productive clock makers family, specialised in chronometers. Paul Philip Barraud was ‘Master of the Clockmakers’ Company’ in 1810 and 1811.
According to Cedric Jagger this chronometer was once in the possession of the Earl of Yarborough, Charles Anderson-Pelham, earlier Baron of Yarborough, Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron. The commander of the yacht G.S. Cotterell was responsible for this marine chronometer as well as the pocket chronometer No. 343.