*****  SORRY  ,  NOW  SOLD ~ View Another  *****

AN  EXCEPTIONALLY RARE & IMPORTANT FRANCIS ABBOTT HOBART SILVER BAUME WATCH  ~  In immaculate condition , just serviced & sldl with warranty.  Rare Dial Mint movement!

Out of stock


An Important , Rare & Handsome  FRANCIS ABBOTT HOBART SILVER BAUME WATCH   ~   In Immaculate condition throughout.

*****  Sorry  ,  Now  Sold  ~  View  Another  *****

FRANCIS ABBOTT {born 1799,  Derby England} ~ Was a Truly Remarkable Man , by Any measure!

From opening his own watchmakers workshop , after excelling throughout his apprenticeship , in Manchester 1831  & becoming honorary member of the Antiquarian and Chronological Society of London and published A Treatise on the Management of Public Clocks (London, 1838). This was followed by A Descriptive Catalogue of Horological and Astronomical Machinery manufactured and sold by him at his shop opposite the railway office.

Previously , On 25 October 1821 at St Werburgh’s Church, Derby, he had married Mary Woolley  {they eventually had seven children}. With neither husband nor wife knowing what lay in store for them both.   After opening his watchmakers premises , he went on to become a Very respected member of his profession & his local community.

Yet in August 1844 Abbott was sentenced to seven years transportation at the Central Criminal Court for ‘obtaining two watches under false pretences’.  Which amounted to having 2 watches in his possession for which He could not Prove ownership of!!

A professional & respected watchmaker , that had 2 watches in his workshop –  that he could not supply PROOF of ownership!!   No-one had claimed the watches were stolen , he simply could not Prove they were his!    For this Major crime , the man was sentenced to 7 years transportation to the bottom of the world , to the “new colony”  ~  which had only been first occupied , by white man ,  just over 50 years before!

He arrived at Hobart Town in the Mount Stewart  Elphinstone  in June 1845,Francis Abbott, a watchmaker, was transported to Tasmania in 1845 for ‘obtaining two watches under false pretences’. He served one year with the Oyster Cove gangs and three years as an assigned servant. Abbott was freed three years early in 1849 and set up his own business in Murray street Hobart.

His wife and family were granted free passages and joined him in 1850. His business flourished, and he erected many public clocks, including one at Government House in 1859, he also  won great repute for his work as a meteorologist and astronomer. He started to keep observations soon after his arrival.

He was very successful and many of his public clocks, including one at Government House, were erected. Francis Abbott also had a keen interest in meteorology and astronomy.


His reputation in this field soon equaled his watch and clock making abilities. He began making observations at the Rossbank Observatory soon after his arrival in Tasmania. After its closure in 1854 he continued his work in his private observatory. Self-taught, Abbott went on to pioneer observations of the southern hemisphere and contributed numerous articles to astronomy and meteorological journals. He also wrote several books. His recordings became the standard reference for the local climate and were published in world charts. He was also the first astronomer to record and announce changes on the variable star Argus (Carinae).


Captain Joseph Kaye gave him free access to the Rossbank Observatory and explained the method of registering and reducing. When this observatory closed in 1854 he began to record meteorological observations which were published each month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania; his tables became the standard reference for the local climate, were sent to the United States Meteorological Department for incorporation in world charts and printed for many years by the Tasmanian government. In 1880 because of ill health Abbott discontinued his readings.

Abbott fast became one of the leading astronomers in Australia and collected a large philosophical and scientific library and an assortment of scientific instruments, unique in the colony. One of his bookcases is in the Van Diemen’s Land Folk Museum, and many of his scientific instruments were bought by the Melbourne observatory.

His transit instrument is at the University of Tasmania. He became a member of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1855 and a life member and councillor in 1861. By 1869 he was a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Royal Astronomical Society.

He died on 18 February 1883, leaving an estate of £3070. His wife Mary (1800-1865) and three of their children predeceased him. Charles (1824-1888), a skilled watchmaker and optician, carried on the business after his father’s death and William (1830-1887) had a business in Brisbane Street, Launceston.

He also wrote several books. His recordings became the standard reference for the local climate and were published in world charts. He was also the first astronomer to record and announce changes on the variable star Argus (Carinae). Many of his large collection of books (philosophy and science) and instruments are kept by museums, observatories and universities throughout Australia.

Edward (1828-1877), who arrived in Hobart in 1869, was also a watchmaker and talented organist. Francis junior (1834-1903) became superintendent of the Botanical Gardens, Hobart, in 1859. Alfred (1838-1872), watchmaker, photographer and diarist, married Georgiana, daughter of James Fitzgerald who befriended Thomas Wainewright.

This Immaculate 19thC Silver  FRANCIS ABBOTT HOBART SILVER BAUME WATCH  is the Only Example that I have known to surface in Hobart or anywhere else in Tasmania , past & present over many several years!     I have known of clocks made by Francis Abbott to have been sold on the open market yet have Not heard , seen or known of Any watches made by Abbott or ‘signed by Abbott’ as this Fine c1870.

The Quality of the Engraving , although not as Totally encompassing as some watch engravers preferred , Is of the Highest Quality that one could Ever Expect to find on a watch of this genre!   The case is in simply Exceptional condition , both inside & out & Clearly Hallmarked ~Baume & Co {B&Co with 3 stars} with  Baume marks on the 3 cases/lids 900 silvver mark , M , Etc.

The movement is a Superior Quality 15 jewel 19thC 3 finger & is also in Immaculate condition &  clearly marked   ‘Baume  Geneve’  ~  It has Just been fully serviced & is running beautifully  &  comes to You with our Free   9 months warranty ……….. for Your Peace of Mind!!


This FRANCIS ABBOTT HOBART SILVER BAUME WATCH  is an Extremely Interesting piece!

This Superb Quality 19thC  Baume  Pendant Watch / Fob Watch has had Movement cover Beautifully Hand Engraved by Francis Abbott & was sold by  him in his Murray street Hobart premises  &  As stated – This is the Only Example of a watch bearing Abbott’s name engraved into the watch / or bearing his name that I have been able to locate , both in searching previously & now again 2014.

The Dial & the Entire watch is 100% Original & Complete.  The dial is quite unusual , in that it has a Ivory or pale Lemon colour to the center with a light blue patterning as highlight!  It is Very attractive yet understated  & Definitely Not a dial that is often seen!