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Sinclair Harding - H1
In May of 1714 representations from Her Majesty's Fleet,
Merchants and Merchant-Men demanded the Government encourage the solution of the
Longitude problem and in July of that year the Longitude Act was passed offering
up to £20,000 for a method of determining Longitude at Sea.
In the mid 1720's Yorkshire born John Harrison started work on
what would be the first of his clocks, H1 that would work on board ships and so
solve the Longitude problem. In 1772 after a lifetimes work, culminating in the
watch H4, John Harrison was paid the final balance of the £20,000 reward.
In 1999 Sinclair Harding started work on a clock in homage to
John Harrison. Nearly 5 years in the making the Sinclair Harding H1 is a
wonderful combination of art and fascinating mechanics, all finished to an
Approximately 3/4 (24" wide x 18" deep x 18" high) of the
original size, this still impressive piece puts on show Harrison's inventions,
from the simple yet significant roller mounting of the Spring barrel arbor
through the elegance of the Grasshopper escapement to the to the mind-boggling
complexity of the Grid Iron compensation mechanism.
H 18" x
W 24" x D 18"
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