Brass and Steel Mainspring Winder
- Sold for:
- Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
- Date / Time :
- May 01, 2010 10:00AM
Brass and Steel Mainspring Winder, John Wyke, Liverpool, 1759-1787, with turned wooden handle, the U-shaped support marked WYKE, lg. 6 in.
Note: John Wyke is one of the most important English tool makers of the 18th century, and is perhaps the first to publish a trade catalogue for any trade, in 1758. There are very few copies of his Catalogue of Tools for Watch and Clock Makers known today, and they are in important public collections including The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and the British Museum in London. The Winterthur version of catalogue was reprinted in its entirety in 1978, and shows this tool in plate 56. Crom #2 pictures it as figures 1032-1033, and the same tool is shown in figure 258, itself simply a reprint of the Wyke catalogue plate.