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A YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED QUARTER REPEATING WATCH NO 2439 SOLD TO THE PRINCE OF LIECHTENSTIEN ON 16 AUGUST 1815 FOR 2 168 FRANCS
• gilt movement, cylinder escapement, plain three-arm balance, parachute suspension, bi-metallic compensation curb • signed and numbered gold cuvette • silver guilloché dial, satin-finished chapter ring, Roman numerals, eccentric subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hand, secret signature to the chapter ring at XII • engine-turned case and band, monogram to the centre of the case back, pull and twist piston in the stem • dial and cuvette signed • attached double linked gold chain and ratchet key
diameter 50 mm
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Johann I Joseph, Prince of Liechtenstein, (1760 - 1836) was the Prince of Liechtenstein between 1805 and 1806 and again from 1814 until 1836. He was the last Liechtenstein Prince to rule under the Holy Roman Empire between 1805 and 1806 and as regent of Liechtenstein from 1806 until 1814. He was the fourth son of Franz Joseph I, Prince of Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein was prominent in the Napoleonic Wars. At the Battle of Austerlitz, he led the 4,600 cavalry of the 5th Column and, afterwards, continued negotiations with Emperor Napoleon I which concluded with the Peace of Pressburg. He earned the rank of General of Cavalry in 1808.
As Prince of Liechtenstein, Johann made forward-thinking reforms, but also had an absolutist governing style. In 1818 he granted a constitution. He expanded agriculture and forestry and radically reorganized his administration, n an attempt to take the requirements of what was then a modern estate into account.

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