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French, Royal Exchange - A One-day Marine Chronometer

A small mahogany marine chronometer by this excellent maker. The one-day duration chain fusee movement has a detent escapement with compensated balance and is signed in script on the backplate 'French, Royal Exchange, London, 3239' and is set within a brass bowl and gimbal. The signature is repeated to the round 3 1/4 inch silvered dial which is engraved with black Roman numerals and has a subsidiary seconds dial, and blued steel spade hands. The unusual French style winding butterfly is stamped with a repeat of the serial number. The brass bound, three tier mahogany case has brass carrying handles and repair label from the Royal Observatory in 1905, with the front having an applied bone plaque engraved with the maker’s name and number with the Admiralty arrow now removed following it’s decommission. In summary: The first record in the ledgers for 3239 show it to be placed on the Bonito in January 1826 until three years later being placed onboard the Athol under the command of Captain A. Gordon. In July of 1842 it was returned to the workshops for repair before resuming service in June 1843. In 1850 it was placed onboard H.MS. Resolute for the polar expedition to try and locate the exploration party looking for the famed Northwest Passage led by Sir John Franklin aboard H.M.S. Terror that had been lost in 1848, Resolute having been refitted in readiness for the conditions it would encounter, including havimg extra strong timbers fitted and an internal heating system installed, along with a polar bear as a figurehead. A second expedition in 1852, with a different chronometer now being used, searching in the Eastern Canadian Arctic again failed to find Franklin, but the Resolute did mange to locate Captain McClure and his crew of H.M.S. Investigature, which was ice-bound. A little later Resolute herself became trapped in an ice-floe and abandoned, before being found by the whaler George Henry, captained by James Buddington, whose split crew sailed her to America. After a re- fit Captain Hartstene sailed her back to England whereupon H.M.S. Resolute was handed back to Queen Victoria on the 13th of December 1856. After being broken up in 1879 the British government ordered three desks to be made from the timbers, with one, The Resolute Desk, being presented to the U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes as a thank you for returning the ship in 1856. This desk was placed in the Oval Office at the White House where the majority Presidents have used it since. After a varied life aboard a number of other vessels 3239 was taken out of commission in 1907 whereupon it was sold to Mr Roberts. H.M.S. Terror was finally discovered sitting on the bottom of an arctic bowl in 2017 and was said to be in near-pristine condition. The second ship involved in that ill-fated expedition, the H.M.S. Erebus, was also located. Further reading: Sherard Osborn and George F. McDougall, eds. (1852) Facsimile of the Illustrated Arctic News, Published on Board H.M.S. Resolute, Captain Horatio T. Austin, C.B., In Search of the Expedition Under Sir John Franklin (London, Ackerman, 1852). Sandler, Martin W. (2006). Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship. ISBN 9781402758614 Dimensions: 6.25 x 6.25 x 6.25 inches (16 x 16 x 16 cms) Complete with copies of the ledgers showing the history of this chronometer. Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Santiago James Moore French

Santiago James Moore French worked at various addresses in and around the Royall Exchange in London, including 86, Cornhill from 1839 until 1841 having previously been recorded working at Sweetings Alley from 1811, having been admitted to the Clockmakers Company in 1810, and then 80, Royal Exchange before his final address at 16, Northampton Square Clerkenwell until at least 1865. He was a fine clockmaker who having succeeded T.W. Morrice in circa 1843, advertised in Spanish and sold clocks in New York. He is also known to have sold watches to the Admiralty. Chronometer maker William French is also recorded working in the Cornhill area from circa 1850 until at least 1900 and is most probably a relative.

Price: Price on Application

Ref: SRR167

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French, Royal Exchange - A Brass-bound boxed Marine Chronometer

A small mahogany marine chronometer by this excellent maker. The one-day duration chain fusee movement has a detent escapement with compensated balance and is signed in script on the backplate 'French, Royal Exchange, London, 3239' and is set within a brass bowl and gimbal. The signature is repeated to the round 3 1/4 inch silvered dial which is engraved with black Roman numerals has a subsidiary seconds dial, and blued steel spade hands. The unusual French style winding butterfly is stamped with a repeat of the serial number. The brass bound, three tier mahogany case has brass carrying handles and repair label from the Royal Observatory in 1905, with the front having an applied bone plaque engraved with the maker’s name and number with the Admiralty arrow now removed following it’s decommission. In summary: The first record in the ledgers for 3239 show it to be placed on the Bonito in January 1826 until three years later being placed onboard the Athol under the command of Captain A. Gordon. In July of 1842 it was returned to the workshops for repair before resuming service in June 1843. In 1850 it was placed onboard H.MS. Resolute for the polar expedition to try and locate the exploration party looking for the famed Northwest Passage led by Sir John Franklin aboard H.M.S. Terror that had been lost in 1848, Resolute having been refitted in readiness for the conditions it would encounter, including havimg extra strong timbers fitted and an internal heating system installed, along with a polar bear as a figurehead. A second expedition in 1852, now with a different Chronometer on board, searching in the Eastern Canadian Arctic again failed to find Franklin, but the Resolute did mange to locate Captain McClure and his crew of H.M.S. Investigature, which was ice-bound. A little later Resolute herself became trapped in an ice-floe and abandoned, before being found by the whaler George Henry, captained by James Buddington, whose split crew sailed her to America. After a re-fit Captain Hartstene sailed her back to England whereupon H.M.S. Resolute was handed back to Queen Victoria on the 13th of December 1856. After being broken up in 1879 the British government ordered three desks to be made from the timbers, with one, The Resolute Desk, being presented to the U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes as a thank you for returning the ship in 1856. This desk was placed in the Oval Office at the White House where the majority Presidents have used it since. After a varied life aboard a number of other vessels 3239 was taken out of commission in 1907 whereupon it was sold to Mr Roberts. H.M.S. Terror was finally discovered sitting on the bottom of an arctic bowl in 2017 and was said to be in near-pristine condition. The second ship involved in that ill-fated expedition, the H.M.S. Erebus, was also located. Further reading: Sherard Osborn and George F. McDougall, eds. (1852) Facsimile of the Illustrated Arctic News, Published on Board H.M.S. Resolute, Captain Horatio T. Austin, C.B., In Search of the Expedition Under Sir John Franklin (London, Ackerman, 1852). Sandler, Martin W. (2006). Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship. ISBN 9781402758614 Complete with a copied list of the ledgers showing the history of this chronometer. Dimensions: 6.25 x 6.25 x 6.25 inches (16 x 16 x 16 cms) Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Santiago Moore James French

Santiago James Moore French worked at various addresses in and around the Royall Exchange in London, including 86, Cornhill from 1839 until 1841 having previously been recorded working at Sweetings Alley from 1811, having been admitted to the Clockmakers Company in 1810, and then 80, Royal Exchange before his final address at 16, Northampton Square Clerkenwell until at least 1865.He was a fine clockmaker who having succeeded T.W. Morrice in circa 1843, advertised in Spanish and sold clocks in New York. He is also known to have sold watches to the Admiralty.Chronometer maker William French is also recorded working in the Cornhill area from circa 1850 until at least 1900 and is most probably a relative.

Price: Sold

Ref: SRR166

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