Gem Set Gold Repeater with Royal Coat of Arms


Signed   Charlepose    London
Circa   1710
Diameter   48 mm       Depth   16 mm

1 in stock


An early 18th Century English quarter repeating verge with dust cover bearing Queen Anne’s Coat of Arms in fine decorative gem set gold pair cases.  Deep full plate fire gilt movement, silver dust cover engraved with the Coat of Arms of Queen Anne  Fusee and chain with worm and wheel barrel setup between the plates, turned baluster pillars.  Pierced and engraved cock with pierced and engraved foot.  Plain steel balance, gilt regulator disc.  Push pendant quarter repeating striking a bell in the case, engraved repeating barrel.  Signed gold champleve dial, arcaded minute ring, Roman and Arabic numerals, blue steel beetle and poker hands.  22 carat gold inner case pierced and engraved with a fine mask and depictions of monkeys in military uniforms, split bezel for the glass.  Fine  22 carat gold outer case of unusual construction set with lapis lazuli, rubies emeralds and diamonds.  The body of the case decorated in chased and engraved repousse work, panels in the back and bezel pierced.  The stones are set in gold cages fixed  inside the case and presented through cutouts in the outer.  Central oval lapis lazuli stone is set in the largest cage surrounded by a border of diamonds and rubies.

A fine and unusual decorative watch with connections to the British Royal family.  The watch is noted in Britten's Old Clocks & Watches:  Charlepose, London,  gold repeating watch, silver cap engraved with the arms of Queen Anne, outer case set  with lapis lazuli, rubies, and diamonds, about 1705.  The nature of the decoration suggest the watch may have been a gift from Queen Anne to Peter the Great or another leading member of the Russian Royal family.  The Coat of Arms engraved on the silver dust cover was used by Queen Anne from 1707 until her death in 1714.