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Peter Garon, London
A FINE AND RARE SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH, THE BALANCE WITH MOCK PENDULUM CIRCA 1700
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Peter Garon, London
A FINE AND RARE SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH, THE BALANCE WITH MOCK PENDULUM CIRCA 1700
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Details & Cataloguing

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Peter Garon, London
A FINE AND RARE SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH, THE BALANCE WITH MOCK PENDULUM CIRCA 1700
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, large balance cock decoratively engraved with foliage and birds and with semi-circular aperture revealing the balance in the form of a mock pendulum with spring, pierced and engraved foot, fusee and chain, tulip pillars, signed Garon, London
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals with half hour divisions between and to the ring beneath, outer Arabic minute ring, date aperture with gilded ring above 6 o'clock, blued steel tulip and poker hands, outer gilded ring, cartouche to the centre signed Garon, London with scrolling foliage beneath
Cases: plain silver inner case, the back with shuttered winding aperture, ring bow and pendant • tortoiseshell outer case with foliate scrolling silver piqué work with gilt flower heads, the bezels set with piqué roundels
  
diameter or outer case 57mm, inner case 48mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 136, pl. 67

Catalogue Note

Although by the time this watch was made the balance spring had been widely adopted, the revolutionary improvement in time keeping that it heralded must still have been a source of wonder in the early 1700s. Within this watch, Peter Garon has used his balance cock to produce an aperture through which the action of the balance and spring can be more fully admired by the addition of a ‘mock’ pendulum. Stylistically, the balance and cock table had become larger during the 1690s which perfectly lent itself to this special ‘pendulum’ arrangement. Not only must this attractive visual arrangement have been of use to the salesman of 1700, but so too must it have brought pleasure to the owner whenever he opened up his watch.

Peter Garon was born circa 1673 to Hugenot parentage and apprenticed to Richard Baker until 1694. Brian Loomes in his book, The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, notes that Garon was initially refused freedom of the Clockmakers’ Company as he was deemed an 'alien', but was later granted freedom of the City by the Lord Mayor and finally made a Freeman of the Clockmakers’ Company in August 1694. Garon appears to have worked at St. Bartholomew’s Lane End and later at St. Giles Cripplegate [op. cit. pp. 243-244]. F.J . Britten notes that Garon was declared bankrupt in the London Gazette of 1706 but he continued to work and his son, also called Peter, was apprenticed to him in 1713. Garon’s career finally ended in insolvency in 1723.  

For another watch by this maker, see: Sotheby's London, Celebration of the English Watch Part III, 15th December 2016, lot 17.

The Celebration of the English Watch Part IV, George Daniels 20th Century Innovator

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