51
51
J. Telford, Bellingham
A CHARMING SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED DIAL 1861, NO. 7066
Estimate
1,0001,500
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51
J. Telford, Bellingham
A CHARMING SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED DIAL 1861, NO. 7066
Estimate
1,0001,500
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Details & Cataloguing

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

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J. Telford, Bellingham
A CHARMING SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED DIAL 1861, NO. 7066
Movement: gilded full plate, lever escapement, three-arm balance with screwed weights, decoratively engraved balance cock, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, signed J. Telford, Bellingham, No. 7066 • gilt metal dust cap with maker’s mark TF possibly for Thomas John Fielder
 Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, the centre with polychrome enamel painted pastoral scene titled ‘Speed the Plough’, gold spade hands
• Cases: plain silver inner and outer, winding aperture to inner case back, regency pendant, both cases hallmarked Birmingham 1861, inner with maker's mark RS incuse possibly for Richard Swann
diameter of outer case 57 mm, inner 52 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 404, pl. 257

Catalogue Note

Dials painted with enamel scenes of ploughing, beneath the title ‘Speed the Plough’, had been popular since at least the 1830s. ‘Speed the Plough’ was a title given to a melody written in 1799 which was favoured during the 19th century. The mantra was a traditional one which had its origins in prayer and song - ‘God spede the plow’ – and was popular for ploughmen and the farming community at least as far back as the medieval period. Watches with this subject matter to their dials appear to have been especially popular amongst watchmakers working in small towns in rural areas.

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

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