Astronomical dials of near identical design and layout to the present piece may be found on watches signed by other eminent 17th Century makers including Benjamin Hill – an example by the latter was formerly in the collection of George Daniels (see: Sotheby’s: The George Daniels Horological Collection, 6 November 2012, lot 43 & The English Watch Part IV, 6 July 2017, lot 3).
Britten notes that Joseph Quash was born in circa 1623 and apprenticed to George Smith through Oswald Durrant on 11 October, 1637. He was made Free of the Clockmakers’ Company on 4 May, 1646. In his book The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain (NAG Press 1981, p. 452), Brian Loomes notes that Quash bound several apprentices for other masters including Ahasuerus Fromanteel, David Bouquet and Robert Grinkin. Quash was working in London’s Blackfriars in 1662 and served as the Steward of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1674 [see op. cit.].
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