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    Re: Help with London Chronometer maker
    From: Brendan Kinch
    Date: 2012 Mar 1, 09:02 +0100

    Don,

     

    One possible candidate maybe HATTON, James . Obviously that means that the second letter of the name is possibly in error also, either as it is written or read from the document.

    It seems a good bet though as Tony Mercer in his book ´Chronometer Makers of the World´ lists some chronometer numbers for Hatton very close to one you have quoted (e.g. 309, 311, 319, 324.....these were all 8 day chronometers) and 1812 as the year for these.

     

    He does however mention the name Hutton several times - each though somewhat later than 1812.

     

    I have just recently taken an interest in chronometers.....perhaps someone else on list has more definitive information.

     

    Kinch.

     

     

    From: navlist-bounce@fer3.com [mailto:navlist-bounce@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Don Seltzer
    Sent: 01 March 2012 03:18
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Subject: [NavList] Help with London Chronometer maker

     

    While researching the accounting records of Amos Evans, the Navy
    Purchase agent in Boston in 1812, I came across a listing for a chronometer
    provided to Captain Bainbridge of the Constitution. Purchased from
    Stephen Dutch, No. 317 (?)utton, London, $400.

    The first letter looks somewhat like an N, but 'Nutton' doesn't seem likely. There was a Mudge &
    Dutton in London at about this time, but the initial letter does not look like a 'D'.

    Can anyone provide any insight on who the manufacturer might have been?

    Don Seltzer
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