English Gold Full Hunter Minute Repeater


Signed   J Sewill   30 Cornhill Royal Exchange   London
Hallmarked London   1898
Diameter   55 mm         

1 in stock


A fine late 19th Century English minute repeater in substantial gold full hunter case.  Gilt half plate keyless movement, raised section of the plate for the going barrel engraved with the firms motto below a crown.  Plain cock with polished steel micrometer regulator, diamond endstone.  Compensation balance employing quarter timing nuts, blue steel overcoil hairspring.  English double roller lever escapement, screwed in jewelling, escape and lever pivots with endstones. Slide minute repeating on two polished steel gongs. Signed and numbered white enamel dial with subsidiary seconds, Roman numerals, blue steel hands. Very substantial plain 18 carat full hunter case, recessed gold slide, gold bow.  Five joint hinges, double flysprings to the front cover.  Maker’s mark “FT” in an oval.  Signed red morocco covered presentation case lined in purple velvet.

All in excellent overall condition.  A fine large example of a late Victorian English minute repeater in a desirable Fred Thoms made case and still retaining its presentation case.  Joseph Sewill produced high quality watches and supplied marine chronometers to the Admiralty.  Celebrated casemaker Fred Thoms, working at 41 Spencer Street, Clerkenwell, later moving to number 25.