Five hundred years of clockmaking went on display in London's Guildhall recently, when the Clockmakers' Company re-opened their exhibition of over 700 valuable and unique timepieces.
GV Watches and clocks in museum
CU Mary Queen of Scots "Silver Skull" watch (2 shots)
CU Star-shaped watch
CU Silver Gilt Dove watch
CU Hilary wrist watch
CU ZOOM OUT Hydrogen operated clock
CU Rolling Ball clock
SV PAN Clocks in exhibition
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Background: Five hundred years of clockmaking went on display in London's Guildhall recently, when the Clockmakers' Company re-opened their exhibition of over 700 valuable and unique timepieces.
The exhibits include watches, clocks and marine chronometers and tell the story of hierology from the days when clockmaking was carried out by black smiths.
Some of the more unusual items. a large silver skull watch reputed to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots, an iron chamber clock dating back to 1400 and a star-shaped watch made in 1625 by the first Master Clockmaker, David Ramsay, who was watchmaker to James I.
More modern exhibits include a hydrogen clock, the wrist watch worn by Sir Edmund Hilary during his successful ascent of it. Everet in 1953 and a "rolling ball" clock.
There is also a collection of decorative watch keys, chains and chatelaines. The items, together with a collection of library books and early manuscripts on watchmaking were gathered and acquired by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and first displayed in 1873.