Lot 7
  • 7

John Wills, London

9,500 - 10,500 GBP
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  • Silver, tortoiseshell
  • diameter of outer case 51 mm, inner case 46 mm
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, pierced and engraved balance cock decorated with a bird and symmetrical foliage, balance with spring, silver regulator plate, fusee and chain, tulip pillars • signed John Wills, London
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, inner half hour divisions, blued steel tulip and poker hands, cartouches to the centre signed Wills, London
Case: plain polished silver inner case with winding aperture, split bezel for glass retention, indistinct maker's mark • tortoiseshell outer case with applied pierced and engraved silver decoration depicting an allegorical figure amongst scrolling foliage inhabited by birds, a winged putto below, silver pin work to the bezels


Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch, 1585-1970, 2009, p. 120, pl. 57
T.P. Camerer Cuss, The Country Life Book of Watches, 1967, p. 31. pl. 27 & col. pl. II


The movement clean and is running at the time of cataloguing. The dial in good refreshed condition with some scuffs. Multiple small indentations around the band to the inner case. Outer case with cracks and losses to the tortoiseshell, some silver pins missing.
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Catalogue Note

Generally speaking, dials were beginning to be signed during the period 1685-1690 and the dial on the present watch has especially well executed signature cartouches to its centre. The movement has an early application of the balance spring and a large silver regulator plate. The tortoiseshell outer case depicts a young woman to the centre holding a small dog, which may suggest faithfulness and thus fidelity, the eagles to either side are perhaps guarding her.