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John Brockhurst, London
A FINE SILVER SINGLE CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1710
Estimate
8,00012,000
JUMP TO LOT
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John Brockhurst, London
A FINE SILVER SINGLE CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1710
Estimate
8,00012,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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John Brockhurst, London
A FINE SILVER SINGLE CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1710
• Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with foliage inhabited by birds and dolphins, flat three-arm balance with spring, fusee and chain, Egyptian pillars, signed J Brockhurst, London
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals with half-hour divisions between and to the ring beneath, outer Arabic minute ring, outer gilded ring, beetle and poker hands, the centre with gilded chased and engraved decoration of a lion and a unicorn, with two apertures surrounded by floral swags and signed on a blued steel plate Brockhurst, London
Case: plain polished single silver case, the back with shuttered winding aperture, stirrup bow and pendant
diameter 54 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 156, pl. 82

Catalogue Note

A popular motif for some years following the 1707 Act of Union, the Royal Arms can often be found engraved to balance cocks or, as in this instance, applied directly to the centre of the dial. Incorporating this Royal reference may well represent a sense of national pride, celebrating the Union and a new hope and optimism for the coming century after the considerable social and political upheavals of the 17th century.

G. H. Baillie, in Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, notes that a John Brockhurst of London was apprenticed in 1699.

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

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London