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Viner, London
A FINE AND RARE GOLD TWO-TRAIN ALARM, QUARTER REPEATING DUPLEX WATCH  1814, NO. 317
Estimate
7,00010,000
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55
Viner, London
A FINE AND RARE GOLD TWO-TRAIN ALARM, QUARTER REPEATING DUPLEX WATCH  1814, NO. 317
Estimate
7,00010,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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Viner, London
A FINE AND RARE GOLD TWO-TRAIN ALARM, QUARTER REPEATING DUPLEX WATCH  1814, NO. 317
Movement: gilded full plate, duplex escapement, decoratively engraved balance cock marked Patent and numbered 317, diamond endstone, alarm and going trains with ratchet and click set-up, two-arm bi-metallic compensation balance with screwed weights, two winding squares for going and alarm trains, repeating on a gong, fusee and chain, signed Viner, New Bond Street, London
Dial: gold, chapter ring with polished Roman numerals against a stippled ground, pearled outer minute ring, inner ring for alarm indication, the centre with decoratively engine-turned ground, gold spade hands, engine-turned subsidiary seconds with pearled seconds ring and blued steel hand
Case: gold case, the back with traces of engine turning, ribbed bezels and band, alarm-set button at 6 o’clock, plunge pendant, the back opening to reveal hinged cuvette with decorative engine-turned border and centre, apertures for going and alarm with engraved arrows indicating direction of wind, cuvette signed Viner, New Bond Street with engraved crown beneath, hallmarked 1814, numbered 317 and with case maker's mark LC incuse with a scroll or fish above for Louis Comtesse

With a curb-link chain and key 


diameter 56.5 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 352-353, pl. 226

Catalogue Note

Charles Viner was apprenticed to Thomas Savage in 1802. Although he did not become Free of the Clockmakers’ Company until 1813, it would appear that, by this time, he had already set up his own business. Combining the features of alarm, repetition and duplex escapement, the present watch illustrates the high quality and often complex nature of Viner’s production. The screw-type bi-metallic balance has echoes of Pennington’s last form, and the alarm and repetition is to a gong; a relatively early example of this type.

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

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London