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John Wright, London
A FINE GOLD PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH 1717
Estimate
5,5008,500
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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15
John Wright, London
A FINE GOLD PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH 1717
Estimate
5,5008,500
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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John Wright, London
A FINE GOLD PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH 1717
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with foliage and a head at the neck, the foot similarly decorated, flat balance, ruby endstone, a coiled snake indicating upon silver regulation plate, ruby endstone, fusee and chain, baluster pillars, signed John Wright, London
Dial: gold champlevé, Roman numerals with half hour divisions between and to the inner ring, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands, cartouches to the centre signed Wright, London, all against a stippled ground
Cases: plain gold inner, the back with winding aperture • gold outer case, the back with the arms of the Earls of Oxford and Mortimer, square hinge, both cases hallmarked 1717 and with maker's mark IB with coronet above for John Banbury

diameter of outer case 51mm, inner case 44mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 167, pl. 91

Catalogue Note

The high quality movement of this watch has quite early ruby bearings and end-caps for the balance. Engraved to the outer case back are the arms of the Earls of Oxford and Mortimer, a peerage created for Robert Harley in 1711. Robert Harley (1661-1724) and his son Edward (1689-1741) formed an important collection of books and manuscripts, known as the Harleian Library. Consisting of many thousands of manuscripts, the Harley Collection was sold to the British Government by Edward Harley’s widow in 1753 and is now housed at the British Library.  

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

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London