Carl Fabergé produced a number of automata, often as surprises within his Imperial Easter Eggs. The first record of a Fabergé elephant “surprise” was the Diamond Trellis Egg made in 1892. In 1929, this mechanical elephant was presented in a wooden box as a Christmas gift to King George... Read more
In the 1780s, Abraham-Louis Breguet became known in England, where George Prince of Wales was one of his earliest clients and admirers. A.-L. Breguet visited London several times in 1789, 1790 and 1791 to obtain new orders and collect payment for purchases made by the prince. Over the years,... Read more
George III ascended the throne in 1760 when he was 22 years old. That same year, George III built the Kew Observatory with the original purpose of observing the transit of Venus. Eventually, he located his collection of 2,000 timekeeping and scientific instruments to the observatory; the greater part... Read more