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Figs. 5 and 6. Alarum Repeating Watch bequeathed by the late Lady Jane Dundas.


with Arabic figures 1 to 12 for the alarum (fig. 6). Enamelled dials were not introduced till the middle of the seventeenth century, so that this may be regarded as a fairly early specimen. It has ornamental brass hands, decidedly French in pattern. The plates of the movement are gilt brass with ornamental pillars. It has the verge escapement with an ordinary steel balance and balance spring. The going train is fitted with a fusee. It has also the more modern steel winding chain to connect the fusee with the mainspring barrel instead of gut, which was used in older table clocks.

It strikes the hours on a large bell which lies like a lining inside the case. This method was adopted in order to get the largest size of bell possible into the least space. It has also an alarum which rings on the same bell.

In the back of the case there are pierced three holes which also go through the bell lying behind it to give access to the winding squares. In many clocks such as this, where no provision was made for excluding the dust entering through these holes, an outer case, frequently of silver and shagreen or tortoise-shell, was provided. But there does not seem ever to have been such a case for this clock. The length of the pendant and the height of the raised joint of the front bezil exclude the probability of this.

This watch in one respect is quite a contrast to that first described, as its movement does not seem to have been renovated or improved, but presents now the identical appearance it must have had originally.

It is in such good condition and preservation that, if it had a few slight repairs, it could again resume its old duty of measuring the flight of time.

There are attached by a ribbon to the bow of the watch a silver winding key and two silver seals. The key, which in winding or setting the hands is used as a crank (fig. 7), is an extremely fine specimen. It belongs to the same period as the watch.

On one seal is engraved "G. S.," reversed cypher surmounted by a

foreign ducal coronet (fig. 8), and on the other a coat of arms consisting of shield, helmet, mantling, and crest (fig. 9).

Fig. 7. Winding Key and Two Seals.

On the shield is engraved two lions passant, one above the other, a star of five points in the dexter chief; crest, a horse passant. The arms have not been identified.

There have been many speculations as to how these clocks were used. In the bequest the first was called a camp clock.

They are most frequently called table clocks, but there is not the least doubt that they were also used in much the same way as modern carriage clocks.

The provision of the bow points to their being intended to be hung


Fig. 8. Cypher on Seal.

upon a nail or attached to a strap, but the bows of neither of these show signs of their having been much used for this purpose; on the contrary, the back dome of the brass clock is very much worn, clearly indicating that it has usually been placed on its back.

That they were frequently carried about in coaches when travelling appears clearly from advertisements notifying their loss which may be seen in early London newspapers.

Fig. 9. Coat of Arms on Seal.

MONDAY, 9th April 1906.

COL. A. B. M'HARDY, C.B., Vice-President, in the Chair. A Ballot having been taken, the following were duly elected Fellows::

GERALD HUGH SPALDING BEVERIDGE, 17 South Castle Street, Edinburgh. EVELYN G. M. CARMICHAEL, Barrister-at-Law, Library Chambers, Temple, London.

WILLIAM HENRY KNOWLES, F.S.A., Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. EVAN N. BURTON MACKENZIE, Yr., of Kilcoy, Kilcoy Castle, Killearnan, Ross-shire.

Miss OCTAVIA G. PATERSON, Ashmore, Helensburgh.

ROBERT SANGSter Rait, Fellow of New College, Oxford.

The following Donations to the Museum and Library were laid on the table, and thanks voted to the Donors :

(1) By Dr HENDERSON, 17 Blacket Place.

Rude Stone Implement, chipped from a quartzite pebble, found at Wallajabad, Chingleput District, South India.

Stone Axe, of smoothed greenstone, from the Shevaroy Hills, South India.

(2) By JAMES LYLE, F.S.A. Scot.

Wooden Bismar, or Weighing Machine, from Shetland.

(3) By M. PAUL BORDEAUX, the Author.

Les Jetons et les Epreuves de Monnaies, frappés à Paris de 1553 à 1561 pour Marie Stuart.

(4) By E. CARTAILHAC and L'ABBE H. BREUIL, the Authors.

Les Peintures et Gravures Murales des Cavernes Pyrénéennes, Altamira de Santillane et Marsoulas.

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