John Carte, London
- John Carte, London
- AN UNUSUAL SILVER SINGLE HANDED VERGE WATCHCIRCA 1705
- diameter 46.5mm
• Dial: silver champlevé, black Roman numerals with half hour divisions between, outer ring calibrated with five minute divisions, further outer ring with quarter hour divisions composed of alternating crosses, lines and dots, central cartouches signed Carte, London and surrounded by scrolling foliage, single elongated tulip hand
• Case: plain silver, stirrup-form pendant, back with winding aperture, case maker's mark RB in cameo probably for Richard Blundell, lacking outer case
Howard Marryat, Watches, Henlein to Tompion, 1938, p. 63, pl. G6
Anthony Turner, John Carte on Horology and Cosmology, plate E, page 15
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John Carte was apprenticed to the Coventry maker, Samuel Watson, with whom he moved to London in 1691. In the early 1690s Carte was living at the Dial & Crown near Essex street and in 1698 had moved to Lombard Street where he was said to have been visited by Peter the Great of Russia, to whom he allegedly sold a world time clock. The Bodleian library in Oxford holds a manuscript written by Carte, dated to circa 1713, in which the author outlines his theories for determining longitude. This manuscript is the subject of a book by Anthony Turner: “John Carte on Horology and Cosmology,” published by the AHS and Rogers Turner Books, 2014.