Edwardus East, Londini
- A RARE AND EARLY SILVER PAIR CASE PURITAN WATCH
The present lot is considered a Puritan watch, a style typified by a sober design. The Puritan period in England followed the political and religious turbulence of the 1640s. The silver case and flat dial are typical design features found during this period.
Edward East, a fine early English watch and clockmaker, was born in 1602. He was one of the ten original assistants at the time of the incorporation of the Charter of the Clockmaker's Company in 1631. He was elected Master twice in 1645 and again in 1652.
In November 1660, following the restoration of the monarchy, East was appointed Chief Clockmaker to King Charles II. It is not known exactly when Edward East died, but he lived to a great age and his will was proved on 3rd February 1697.
The Coat of Arms engraved on the case and seal belong to Henry Oxenden (1609-1670), an English poet. His first two published books, Riligionis Funs and Hypocritae Finish, were printed in 1647. It is further recorded that his next work, Jobus Triumphans, was circulating among colleagues for criticism in April 1649. It is interesting to note that the present lot is engraved with April 29th, 1648, falling between these major milestones in Oxenden's literary career. In 1663, he became rector of Radnage in Buckinghamshire, and held that title until his death in 1670.