Lot 4
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William Judd

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • diameter 35 mm
Movement: gilded full plate with engraved border, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved silver screw-set balance cock and foot, flat balance, worm and wheel set-up, fusee and gut line, early Egyptian pillars, signed William Judd fecit
• Dial: silver, engraved with foliage and flowers, chapter ring with Roman numerals and quarter hour divisions, double ended blued steel hand
 Case: silver, the covers with engraved scenes: to the front the Adoration of the Magi, to the back the Presentation to the Temple Elders, the bezels and band with scrolling floral decoration, two heads in profile either side of the plain pendant, short terminal to base


Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 65, pl. 26 


Movement will just run for short periods at time of cataloguing. Repair to the backplate just beneath the 'Judd' of the signature. Dial in good refreshed condition with some losses to the black wax infill. Case with some rubbing to the engraved decoration but generally scenes remain clear, there is a crack to the case either side of the pendant.
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Catalogue Note

There do not appear to be any records relating to William Judd. However, the design of this watch’s dial, together with the shape and character of the case and the form of mainspring set-up, suggest that it was made in the latter part of the 1640s or perhaps the early 1650s. Unusually, the cock is of silver, and the short terminal to the case would have helped to position the watch in an outer protective case.