Lot 4
  • 4

David Ramsay

Estimate
150,000 - 250,000 GBP
Sold
989,000 GBP
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Description

  • AN IMPORTANT AND EARLY SILVER AND GILT-METAL OVAL ASTRONOMICAL VERGE WATCH WITH PORTRAIT ENGRAVING OF KING JAMES I AND INDICATIONS FOR MONTHS WITH SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC,  DAY WITH RULING PLANET, LUNAR DATE, MOON-PHASES AND PLANET HOUR<br />CIRCA 1618
• gilt brass oval full plate movement, verge escapement, three-wheel train, engraved border, plain flat balance, ratchet set-up, fusee and gut line • engraved dial plate, applied silver chapter ring with red Roman numerals, pierced rotating central disc with blued steel ground indicating the time, silver chapter ring with days of the month indicated by a blued steel bug mounted on a revolving gilt metal centre pierced and engraved with the months and the corresponding signs of the Zodiac, to the left: wedge shaped aperture for day of the week with engraving of the ruling planet, apertures for lunar date above moon-phases, further small aperture for planet hour to lower right, the days of the week and planet hours with fixed blued steel hands indicating direction of disc rotation, further fixed hand by lunar date aperture • engraved scenes to the case covers from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, the front with putto beneath holding a tablet with engraver’s signature ‘De Heck Scul’, the inside of the upper cover engraved with the Royal Coat of Arms of King James I, the inside of the back cover with engraved miniature of King James after Simon de Passe, case band depicting Chronos supporting an hour-glass and Saint James the Greater with a petasus hat holding his sword and surrounded by flowers and foliage, heightened with red wax, gilt metal pendant in the form of addorsed reptiles • movement signed David Ramsay Scotte Me Fecit
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