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Miniature Diamond Set Gold and Agate Repeater

Price : £23,500.00
Circa 1750
Diameter   40 mm       Depth   13.5mm

A fine and rare mid 18th Century English quarter repeating verge in diamond set gold and agate pair cases made for the Chinese market.  Small full plate fire gilt movement with signed and numbered gilt dust cover.  Pierced and engraved cock, silver regulator disc. Fusee and chain with worm and wheel barrel setup between the plates. Plain three arm gilt balance, blue steel spiral hairspring.  Push pendant quarter repeating on a bell in the case.  White enamel dial with Roman and Arabic numerals, fine blue steel beetle and poker hands. Gold inner case with decorative central engraving to the back.  Pierced and engraved sides, decorative gold push pendant and stirrup bow.  Unusual gold outer case in pierced and engraved repousse work, the front bezel set with four agate panels.  The  centre of the back set with a polished agate bearing a foliate setting of hand cut irregularly shaped diamonds.

Signed       B Sidey London

A fine and unusually small English repeater, the dial only 28 mm diameter and the movement still smaller.  Apart from some notable examples by James Cox very few watches of the period used agate for decoration.  Benjamin Sidey, apprenticed 1701, free of the Clockmakers Company 1711 and master in 1761 and 1789