A rare Edwardian cut glass inkwell with swivelling pocket watch and pocket barometer set in substantial silver mount hallmarked John Grinsell & Sons, Birmingham, 1908

Antique Silver and Cut Glass Desk Compendium by John Grinsell c1908


Image of open Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium taken from lefthand sideDesk compendium in cut glass with silver mounted pocket watch and pocket barometer. The Swiss made watch with 1½” enamel dial, roman chapter ring, blued steel pear hands, inset subsidiary seconds, silver plated case retained in a mobile mounting swivelling on a yoke, doubling as ink cover in the horizontal, and as a viewable time piece in its raised position, crown wind and hand set. Captured in its silver mount by a silver bayonet retaining ring. Silver hallmarks struck to case and bayonet ring, further marked with “Regd Design No 476070.”

The pocket barometer with 1¾” silvered and die struck dial, calibrated in inches of mercury with a range from 26 – 31, divided to 1/10ths, blued steel pointer, rotating bezel with index, black triangular index to glass. Conventional movement driven from a 1″ single capsule and tensioned on a C spring. Bright silver plated case with extension post and calibration port to verso. Matching hallmarked bayonet retainer.

The cube form cut glass inkwell with plain sides and hob nail base complete with correct inset liner. Attached hallmarked silver mount.

Condition: The watch professionally serviced and running well. The barometer glass replaced, the barometer fully serviced and calibrated under laboratory conditions, see performance chart. Otherwise both instruments remain In very good original condition.

Image of open Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium showing the watch and pocket barometer removedThe silver mount clean and bright, nicely hallmarked and damage free. The watch yoke undamaged, position changing works well. The glass clean and bright, chip and scratch free. Very unusually still retaining its original glass liner, most being damaged or missing.

Comments: This desk compendium is very occasionally seen, most often with a pocket watch only – the combination of watch and barometer is certainly a rarity. This is a delightful piece with its many charming aesthetic qualities, from the almost ice like glass to the sophistication of a barometer and convenience of a timepiece.

Very much a collector or connoisseur’s piece.

Dimensions (closed): 3¾” high x 3¼” wide x 3¼” deep

Stock No: CP1518

Price: £2250

Cut Glass Silver Inkwell Barometer Performance Chart

Image of open Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium taken from lefthand side
Image of Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium taken from lefthand side
Image of closed Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium taken from lefthand side
Close up of watch from Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Close up of watch and hallmarks from Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Close up of closed Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium showing barometer showing Registered Design Number
Close up of corner of closed Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Close up of watch and liner from Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Close up of hallmarks on watch surround from Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Image of open Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium showing watch and liner
Close up of closed Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Image of closed Cut Glass Inkwell Barometer Watch Compendium
Image of pocket watch from Cut Glass Inkwell Desk Compendium
Image of back of pocket watch from Cut Glass Inkwell Desk Compendium

Image of back of pocket barometer from Cut Glass Inkwell Desk Compendium
Image of pocket barometer from Cut Glass Inkwell Desk Compendium
Close up of movement from pocket watch of Cut Glass Inkwell Desk Compendium
Image of movement from pocket watch of Cut Glass Inkwell Desk Compendium
Image of movement from Cut Glass Inkwell Pocket Barometer
Underside of movement chassis from Cut Glass Inkwell Pocket Barometer





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