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A calendar watch with a case made by Langley Bradley, c.1702-1714, silver

Museum number: L111

Curatorial note

This watch is made of finely chased brass with a silver dial and outer case. The ornament is in the style of Simon Gribelin. It is believed to have been given to Sir Christopher Wren by Queen Anne whose crowned cipher in openwork largely masks the movement inside. The watch was made by Langley Bradley, a prominent member of the London Clockmakers' Company, who also provided the clock made for St. Paul's Cathedral in about 1706. If the watch was indeed a gift from Queen Anne to Wren then its date makes it possible that it was given on the completion of St Paul's Cathedral in 1712.


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