Lot 10
  • 10

James Leicester, Strand

Estimate
4,000 - 5,000 GBP
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Description

  • A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH HIGHLY UNUSUAL PILLARSCIRCA 1714, NO. 111
  • SILVER
  • diameter 49 mm
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and floral engraved silver masked balance cock, flat steel three-arm balance with spring, highly unusual pillars each faced with a silver crowned portrait bust flanked by the letters 'GR' and with gilt fluting above and below, fusee and chain, signed and numbered Ja. Leicester, Strand, 111  
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals with half hour divisions between and to the ring below, outer gilded ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands, the centre with two cartouches flanked by a Lion and Unicorn and a crown above, signed Leicester, London
Cases: plain silver cases, the inner with winding aperture to back and stirrup pendant, each with a decorative monogram to their inside backs reading 'PNMS', each with case maker's mark IW with a coronet above for John Willoughby or Wightman

Condition

Movement running at time of cataloguing and in clean condition, small scuffs and scratches to the backplate, Dial in good refreshed condition, some re-filling of the black wax/pitch. The inner case with light scuffs and scratches, slight depression around the band and some small indentations, signs of repair to the pendant to the inside case back. Outer case with light marks and scuffs and with minor indentations. Covers close securely.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Although in many ways typical of the period, this watch is, however, especially notable for its excellent pierced and engraved silver cock and highly unusual movement pillars. The pillars have applied masks flanked by the letters G & R, presumably for George Rex. Pillars decorated with crests and monograms are recorded, yet there does not appear to be a record of another watch with pillars of this design.