Made at the end of Thomas Alcock’s life, this watch dates to the beginning of the Commonwealth period. By this period, circular watches had become the preferred style and sizes were beginning to increase. Thomas Alcock was active by 1630 and entered the Clockmakers’ Company in 1632, becoming Assistant in 1638 and Warden from 1645-1646 [see Brian Loomes, The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, p. 48]. The Prerogative Court of Canterbury shows that his will was proved on 26th April 1650 [Antiquarian Horology, Vol. 30, No. 5, March 2008, p. 683].
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