Marine chronometer, No 891, wood / metal / glass / textile, made by Gerard Hornby and Son, Liverpool, England, 1795-1805.
A marine chronometer with a double hinged lid. The top section of the lid opens to reveal another lid with a glass panel in the top, through which the chronometer can be viewed. The chronometer sits in a metal ring that is fixed inside the box with two screws. The chronometers mechanism is encased in a circular brass surround. The dial or face of the chronometer features black Roman numerals from 'I' to 'XII' around the edge. There is a smaller dial towards the bottom of the main dial which is marked from '10' to '60'. A circular glass cover sits over the face of the chronometer. On either side of the box is a metal handle. There is a key hole in the centre front of the box. Inside, at the front of the box is a brass bracket in which a brass winder key with a cylindrical shaft is stored.
Text on the face of the dial reads 'CHRONOMETER / by Ger d Hornby and Son / LIVERPOOL / No 891'.