A10401

Early Silver Sun and Moon Verge

£8,750.00

Signed  David Wyche     London
Circa   1695
A late 17th Century English verge with silver champleve sun and moon dial in silver pair cases.
Diameter   56 mm       Depth   18 mm

1 in stock

Description

A late 17th Century English verge with silver champleve sun and moon dial in silver pair cases.  Deep full plate fire gilt movement with pierced tulip pillars.  Fusee and chain with worm and wheel barrel setup between the plates.  Pierced and engraved cock with small wings, broad pierced and engraved foot.  Plain steel balance, silver regulator disc.  Silver champleve dial, Arabic numerals for the minutes, blue steel poker hand. The hours are indicated by a blue steel disc set with engraved gold sun and silver moon and stars which rotates once every 24 hours.  This is viewed through a semi-circular aperture, the edge marked with the hours six through twelve and back to six in Roman numerals.  As the sun disappears at the right of the aperture the moon appears at the left. The lower half of the dial decoratively chased and engraved with two birds and signed in an oval cartouche.  Plain silver pair cases, the outer with faint traces of gilding.