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Thomas Tompion, London
A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1698, NO. 2628
Estimate
15,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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Thomas Tompion, London
A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1698, NO. 2628
Estimate
15,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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Thomas Tompion, London
A FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1698, NO. 2628
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock, steel three arm balance and hairspring, silver regulator plate, fusee and chain, tulip pillars • signed and numbered Tho. Tompion, London, 2628
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals with half hour divisions between and to the ring beneath, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel tulip and poker hands, outer gilded ring, cartouches to the dial centre, the upper having putti holding garlands of flowers, signed Tompion, London
• Cases: plain silver inner case, the back with shuttered winding aperture, split bezels for glass retention, stirrup bow and pendant, inner case with maker's mark incuse IB with coronet above for John Banbury and numbered 2628 • plain silver outer case with square hinge and maker's mark AD possibly for Abraham Dearmer and scratch numbered 2628
diameter of outer case 54 mm, inner case 46 mm
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, 19th December 1966, lot 86
Collection of Prof. R Graveson
Boardman Fine Art, 4th October 1995, lot 136

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 132-133, pl. 65
Jeremy Evans, Thomas Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns, 2006, p. 90
Jeremy Evans, Jonathan Carter & Ben Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 Years, 2013, p. 584

Catalogue Note

This watch can be dated to circa 1698 and, although relatively plain, is typical of the high standard of Tompion’s work. The movement is numbered three times, once to the edge of the backplate and again beneath the balance and under the dial to the movement’s top plate.  The cock and large three-arm balance are typical of Tompion’s work at this period. It is interesting to note the early stirrup bow and pendant and the bezel of the outer case, with its inner chamfer, is typical of the period.

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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London