POCKET WATCH DINNER – JOHN PIERPONT MORGAN, CHARLES FRODSHAM AND THE SAVILE CLUB

We take the opportunity to celebrate the pocket watch by looking at the life of J Pierpont Morgan from the standpoint of his interest in horology.  One of the richest men of his generation, J Pierpont Morgan formed a number of important collections which included pocket watches.  He was also connected to 69 Brook street via his sister Fanny, who with her husband Walter Burns had purchased the house in the 1890s.

Fellow Savilian and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Andrew Crisford, will talk about J P Morgan as a collector in the milieu of the 19th and 20th century American super rich. He will also discuss JPM’s involvement with Charles Frodsham who dominated the production of top quality watches against the background of a general decline in English watchmaking in the latter half of the 19th century. Many of the watches Frodsham produced incorporated complications to a level of technical and aesthetic excellence which set the standard for English pre-eminence in quality.

We begin the evening with drinks and canapés, followed by the talk and then dinner based around a menu that takes its cue from the culinary style of London during the Edwardian era.

All members and their guests are welcome (with or without a Pocket Watch) who are interested in finding out something of the fascinating history surrounding these highly developed objects