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The gilt dial of the clock is engraved with the Prince's Royal heraldic feathers and Aspey's title, encased in a monumental polished Welsh slate body flanked by Corinthian capital columns surmounted by a bronze figure of Britannia seated on a Dias inset with a gilt bronze inscription 'Britannia Old Britty G L Watson Designer', referring affectionately to his Royal Yacht Britannia as 'Old Britty' which was designed by the leading naval architect of the time, George Lennox Watson.
The plinth of the clock is inset with the gilt metal plaques engraved with Queen Victoria's Royal cypher and the words 'Britannia Rules The Waves', a humorous play on words making reference to British Sovereignty of the seas at that time and the Prince's racing yacht 'Britannia'.
The clock was commissioned by His Majesty and presented to George Gould, the owner of the Herreshoff designed Americas Cup defending yacht Vigilant at the end of a series of 16 races in various seas around Britain and Ireland in 1894 which was won emphatically 12 races t 4 by The Prince's yacht.
Inset below is a plaque engraved:
HRH PRINCE OF WALES
TO GEORGE GOULD ESQ
IMPERIAL HOTEL MONKSTOWN
25th SEPTEMBER 1894
|Height||51.00 inch||(129.54 cm)|
|Width||40.00 inch||(101.60 cm)|
|Depth||14.00 inch||(35.56 cm)|
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