Whitehurst Egg Timer

“How do you like your eggs in the morning?”

 When this mechanical egg timer turned up at an auction house in Lichfield we just had to have it. It shows the diverse talents of the Whitehurst family and is a quirky addition to our collection of clocks and barometers. The number ‘5969’ suggests a date of 1840 so a little late for John Whitehurst (1713-1788) and possibly made by John Whitehurst III, his great nephew who continued the family business. We were advised that the outer box may be a later refinement as they were usually free standing, however it would need some form of stability. The timer still works but the hammer isn’t connecting.

 We have also purchased a rare Whitehurst Angle Barometer and a Noctuary Clock as part of the Enlightenment! project.

 Matt Edwards, Derby Museum & Art Gallery

3 Responses to Whitehurst Egg Timer

  1. Allison says:

    I have a 1762 Whitehurst compass in a mahogany case. It has only 320 degrees, and E and W are transposed. I’ve never seen another like it, or seen any description of anything similar. I have no idea how it came into my family, but my grandfather and great grandfather were engineers in Birmingham. Would love to know the whys and the wherefores of how this oddity came into existance.

  2. Anna Rhodes says:

    Hello Allison, sorry for the delay in replying. I will see whether anyone from Derby Museum can help you with your enquiry. Do you have a photograph of the compass?

    • Allison Alan-Brown says:

      Hi Thanks so much for getting back to me.

      Here’s a photo

      Would love to know more!

      Look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards Allison Alan-Brown B A Sound 0832701726 0313034457

      Sent from my iPhone

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