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Depthford, circa 1773

RARE 18TH CENTURY PERPETUAL LOG BY WILLIAM FOXON

Inscribed and signed on the 4-3/4 inch primary brass face above the center "By/ The King's Patent." and then below the center "Foxon's/ perpetual log/ No.157" below the center, the decorative pointer in steel, the outer ring broken down by the "5"s, and the primary ring divided in Roman Numerals I-X, and the inner ring divided in "10"s up to 300 in Arabic numerals. The three rings showing the log for up to 300 miles. The primary face surrounded by foliate corners cast in relief. The 4-1/2 inch secondary dial to the right, in the form of a standard clock face, with the outer ring marked in Roman numerals I-XII, and engraved across the center "Half Minute". Out of the back is a simple mechanical spinner with a hook that would attach to a spinner and keep the log of miles over a given period. Mounted and displayed within an oak case with carved decorative details and carrying handle.
Cased, Height 11.5". Width 10.5" x Depth 8.75"
Condition: Overall good condition. Other than normal wear for an The primary face showing som wear, and the numerals may have been re-inked, and there is some residual brass polish. The pointer is bent and may be a replacement. The secondary dial is slightly tarnished and showing signs of oxidation around the edges. The interior works are oxidized and need to be serviced. The glass for the secondary dial is cracked.

  • Provenance:
    Christie's, South Kensington, Marine Auction, 1997.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

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