Archive of Sold Items

Rare English Verge with Portrait of Queen Anne

A rare late 17th Century English verge, silver champleve dial with blue steel regulator disc in silver pair cases.  Deep full plate fire gilt movement with Egyptian pillars.  Fusee and chain with worm and wheel barrel setup between the plates.  Unusual large pierced and engraved bridge cock depicting drums and flags.  The finely chased and engraved parcel gilt silver cartouche at its centre bears a portrait of the future Queen Anne.   Winding through the cock and four arm plain steel balance.   Pierced and engraved plate retaining the regulator slide which is adjusted by the gilt and blue steel disc set below the numeral “XII” on the dial.  The two are connected by a shaft running through the hollow barrel arbor.  Signed silver champleve dial.  Roman and Arabic numerals, fine blue steel beetle and poker hands. Matching silver pair cases, split bezel silver pendant and bow square hinge to the outer case.  Maker's mark IB” below a crown and number corresponding to that on the movement.

A rare watch in very fine condition.   David Lestourgeon, London 1681, free of the clockmakers Company 1698 – 1731, a fine maker.  A copy of his will, which lists him as “Watch Maker and Innholder of Finch Lane , City of London” accompanies the watch and can be viewed at the National  Archives in Kew. The use of the bridge cock influenced by his French origin.  His father, also David,  was a Huguenot who moved from Rouen to London in 1680.  Several watches known a number of which have royal connections.   Two interesting examples  with mock pendulum dials by Lestourgeon are in the Museum of London and the British Museum.  The watch in the Museum of London has a bust of William III, the date of his death (8th March 1702) and a skull and cross bones above the letter W on the back of the movement.  The watch in the British Museum (Ref No. 1958,1201.6161958,1201.616) is illustrated in Brittens, the backplate bearing a portrait of Queen Anne flanked by Orb and Crown and below the inscription “Regn incip 8 mart 1702”. This case of this watch is by the same maker and also bears the number, 5488, significantly higher than this example.  Casemaker, John Banbury, his mark appearing on the 1682 plate, also worked for Knibb, Tompion and Massy.
Date :  Circa   1695

Gold Cylinder by Mudge and Dutton

An 18th Century English cylinder by Mudge and Dutton in a gold consular case.  Full plate fire gilt movement with signed dust cover.  Pierced and engraved masked cock with diamond endstone in a polished steel setting, silver regulator disc.  Fusee and chain.  Plain three arm steel balance, blue steel spiral hairspring.  Polished steel cylinder, large brass escape wheel.  Winding through the white enamel dial, Roman and Arabic numerals, gold beetle and poker hands.  Plain 22 carat gold consular case, gold button later gilt bow, maker's mark “PM”.

A rare chance to own a watch by this famous  watchmaking partnership which is little changed from when from the day it was made.  The cylinder retains the original Graham-type banking of a pin in the lower plug. Unusually for an English watch it is wound from the front.  It is interesting to note however that the dust cover is still made with a collar for the winding square which was plugged before gilding.  As the date of the case is correct for the number of the movement it seems that a “standard”  movement was used when the customer required a consular cased watch.  Thomas Mudge & William Dutton were both apprenticed to George Graham continuing the line of famous makers from the 17th Century.  This example was made while  Mudge was still an active in the partnership.  He moved to Plymouth in 1770 due to ill health.  Casemaker Peter Mournier who was most commonly used by Mudge and Dutton
Date :  Hallmarked London   1768