Gold and Enamel Repeater and Chatelaine


Signed   Thos Vernon    London
Circa   1735
Diameter   49 mm         

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An 18th Century English quarter repeating verge in gold and enamel pair cases and chatelaine 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”.  Matching solid gold and enamel chatelaine, gold clip supporting three gold and enamel shield shaped cartouches.  Two further gold and enamel chains join to the watch buckle and two shorter chains with broad gold and enamel rings.  Hinged clasps secured by threaded collars.

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.