Original eight day clock by Harrison, date 1715, wheel work mostly of wood. With correspondence concerning Harrison clocks
This clock was made by the chronometer pioneer, John Harrison (1693-1776), at the age of 22, before he began his celebrated project to build a chronometer accurate enough to find a ship's longitude at sea. Although the design of the clock is conventional it is made almost entirely of wood; partly, it is thought, to reduce the need for lubrication, but also because Harrison was a carpenter by trade. The clock movement was weight-driven and would have been mounted in a long case with a pendulum.
- Time Measurement
- Object Number:
- brass, frame and wheelwork (not escape wheel): oak, pinions and arbors: boxwood, pivots: steel
- Mr. George Empringham
- Permanent collection
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.