English Centre Seconds Cylinder in Silver Pair Cases


Signed   Alex Mitchelson    London
Circa   1770
Diameter   50 mm         

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A late 18th Century English centre seconds cylinder in silver pair cases.  Full plate fire gilt movement with turned pillars, gilt dust cover pierced to reveal the silver index.  Pierced and engraved cock with large 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 steel balance, blue steel spiral hairspring.  Polished steel cylinder, large brass escape wheel.  Fine white enamel dial with centre seconds, Roman and Arabic numerals, seconds track at the edge.  Steel centre seconds hand situated between the gold beetle and poker hands. Purpose made matching silver pair cases hallmarked 1851, lateral steel stop lever.

Over 80 years after it was made this high quality movement was still considered to merit the expense of making a new case.  It was most probably originally housed in a gold case with enamelled or repousse outer.