• Short Summary

    Five hundred years of clockmaking went on display in London's Guildhall recently, when the Clockmakers' Company re-opened their exhibition of over 700 valuable and unique timepieces.

  • Description

    Five hundred years of clockmaking went on display in London's Guildhall recently, when the Clockmakers' Company re-opened their exhibition of over 700 valuable and unique timepieces.

    The exhibits include watches, clocks and marine chronometers and tell the story of hierology from the days when clockmaking was carried out by black smiths.

    Some of the more unusual items. a large silver skull watch reputed to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots, an iron chamber clock dating back to 1400 and a star-shaped watch made in 1625 by the first Master Clockmaker, David Ramsay, who was watchmaker to James I.

    More modern exhibits include a hydrogen clock, the wrist watch worn by Sir Edmund Hilary during his successful ascent of it. Everet in 1953 and a "rolling ball" clock.

    There is also a collection of decorative watch keys, chains and chatelaines. The items, together with a collection of library books and early manuscripts on watchmaking were gathered and acquired by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and first displayed in 1873.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3JE46563YU1PABQVUB1J9Y1VQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JE46563YU1PABQVUB1J9Y1VQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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