Gold and Enamel Verge Repeating Pocket Watch
Price : £18,000.00
Diameter 49 mm
An 18th Century English quarter repeating verge in gold and enamel pair cases with Chinese style decoration. Full plate fire gilt movement with turned baluster pillars. Pierced and engraved masked cock, diamond endstone in a blue steel setting, pierced and engraved foot and plate for the 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, pierced gilt hands. Pierced and engraved 22 carat gold inner case, foliate decoration inhabited by birds and dolphins, gold push pendant. Steel pulse piece to silence the bell. Unusual pierced and engraved 22 carat gold outer case decorated with a scene in Chinese style depicting a pagoda, peacock, fox and rabbits partly overlaid with transparent dark blue enamel. Maker's mark "DA".
Signed Thos Vernon London
An unusual and rare subject decorating the outer, the watch probably intended for the Chinese market. Thomas Vernon, Fleet Street, apprenticed 1701, free of the Clockmakers Company 1708 - 1740. Daniel Aveline, 1709 - 1772, recorded as a watch case maker in Denmark Street, St Giles in the Fields, freeman of the Clockmakers Company in the 1768. His mark is often found on fine gold cases, many of them decorative, containing movements by the best English watchmakers of the period. His will is held at the National Archives in Kew