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Thomas Tompion & Edward Banger
A RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1704, NO. 3842
Estimate
10,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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Thomas Tompion & Edward Banger
A RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1704, NO. 3842
Estimate
10,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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Thomas Tompion & Edward Banger
A RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1704, NO. 3842
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, pierced and engraved balance cock decorated with scrolling foliage and a bird with outstretched wings, a winged mask to the base, flat steel three-arm balance with spring, fusee and chain, Egyptian pillars, signed T. Tompion, E. Banger, London No. 3842
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, Banger, London
Case: plain silver inner case, split bezel for glass retention, the back with shuttered winding aperture, stirrup bow and pendant • plain outer case with square hinge, the bezel with inner chamfer • both cases with maker's mark WS with coronet above for William Sherwood senior, both cases numbered 3842
diameter of outer case 57 mm, inner case 48 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 139, pl. 70
Jeremy Evans, Thomas Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns, 2006, p. 92
Jeremy Evans, Jonathan Carter & Ben Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 Years, 2013, p. 585

Catalogue Note

Towards the end of the 17th century, Tompion was employing several apprentices, the most famous of whom was Edward Banger who had been ‘turned over’ to Tompion from Joseph Ashby in 1687. Banger married Tompion’s niece Margaret Kent in 1694 and became Free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1695. He formed a partnership with Tompion in 1701 and the clocks and watches made during this partnership are amongst the finest produced by the workshop, with great attention to detail and fine finishing. Some years later a serious quarrel appears to have taken place and after about 1708, Tompion and Banger ceased to collaborate. Whatever the reason, Tompion must have felt strongly about it as the clocks signed Tompion and Banger that remained unfinished in the workshop had the name Banger erased from the dials before they were sold.

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

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London