Like the elder Silvanus Bevan, Daniel Quare was also a Quaker and Quare’s daughter Elisabeth was married to Silvanus. The wedding of Silvanus and Elisabeth Quare was quite a society affair and even the Prince and Princess of Wales were due to attend, however, the Prince and Princess sent their apologies the night before the wedding since a Parliamentary ruling “forbade attendance by the royal family at dissenting places of worship” [see Jagger, C. Royal Clocks, 1983, p.48]. Nevertheless, many important figures did attend the wedding, including the Duchess of Marlborough and the Venetian Ambassador and his wife – and although the Princess was unable to attend the wedding itself, she did attend the dinner which followed [see op. cit. pp. 47-48]. A Bevan family tradition had stated that the watch was given to Silvanus by Quare on the occasion of his marriage to Quare’s daughter Elisabeth in 1715. However, although this cannot be true as the watch had not yet been made and Elizabeth died in 1718, it does seem unlikely that Silvanus would have carried a watch by any other maker than Quare.
For a note on Daniel Quare and his repeating watches see lot 18.
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