A two-day marine chronometer by Thomas Mercer of St. Albans, 1971.
4 inch slivered dial with black Arabic numeral, fusee movement, Earnshaw escapement and Mercer’s standard balance with steel spring and jewelled detent.
Glazed mahogany box with gimbal mount.
Serial number: 27837.
Retailer’s label: LILLEY & REYNOLDS Ltd 9, RAILWAY PLACE. LONDON. E.C.3.
Width: 19.5 cm.
Depth: 20.5 cm.
Height: 17.5 cm.
Thomas Mercer Chronometer makers. A company founded by Thomas Mercer (1822-1900). Following his death the business was continued by the Mercer family.
Thomas Mercer trained as a chronometer maker in London with John Fletcher of Lombard Street and in the 1850,s set up in business in Clerkenwell. In about 1875 the business moved to St. Albans to a newly built factory which became one of the world’s largest makers of marine chronometers.