Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 3:45pm

This 18 carat gold quarter repeating watch in an engine turned case with curb chain, seal and key, also comes with its original invoice. The invoice describes the watch in detail, including its duplex escapement, fusee and second hand dial. The account is made out to colonial politician and landholder William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872) and the vendor is William Bucknell (c1777-1856). Bucknell was a watch and clock maker who established a business in London’s jewellery district Hatton Garden in 1810 and later moved to Parliament Street, Westminster. In 1817 he married William Charles Wentworth’s cousin, Martha Wentworth, at Drumcree church, near Portadown in County Armagh, Ireland.  Wentworth was living in London from 1816 until early 1824 while he was studying for the bar at the Middle Temple. His agreement to purchase the watch seems to have been made on the eve of his return to New South Wales and the invoice records that Wentworth settled his account in February 1825. By that time Bucknell had decided to emigrate to Australia. He and his family sailed from Plymouth bound for Sydney in April 1826.

Photograph: Rob Little, 2011
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of Vaucluse House
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