Unusual Gold Automaton


Signed   Laurent Turpin a Caen
Circa   1820
Diameter   54 mm         

Out of stock


An early 19th Century French quarter repeating verge automaton in gold open face case.  Full plate gilt fusee movement. Finely pierced and engraved bridge cock, garnet endstone.  Gilt barrel bridges for the going and repeating trains, silver regulator with blue steel indicator. Plain three arm gilt balance with blue steel spiral hairspring. Push pendant quarter repeating on two steel gongs. White enamel ring dial with Arabic numerals, blue steel Breguet hands. In the centre of the dial are unusual polychrome enamel figures of soldiers set above the visible polished steel repeating work. As the watch strikes the hours and quarters the arms of the figures move as though striking the polychrome enamelled bells between them. Plain gold open face case with ribbed middle, wound through the signed gilt metal cuvette.

In excellent overall condition.  The use of enamelled figures is very unusual.