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John Kentish, JR, London
A FINE GOLD AND ENAMEL SINGLE CASED CENTRE SECONDS CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP SLIDE CIRCA 1770, NO. 1033
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
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33
John Kentish, JR, London
A FINE GOLD AND ENAMEL SINGLE CASED CENTRE SECONDS CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP SLIDE CIRCA 1770, NO. 1033
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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John Kentish, JR, London
A FINE GOLD AND ENAMEL SINGLE CASED CENTRE SECONDS CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP SLIDE CIRCA 1770, NO. 1033
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, applied pierced and engraved foliate decoration surrounding the matching large balance cock, diamond endstone, fusee and chain, sun and planet maintaining power, square baluster pillars, the stop lever acting on balance amplitude control pin, signed and numbered John Kentish Junr, No. 1033
Dial: white enamel, subsidiary dial for time with Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands, blued steel centre seconds indicating to outer Arabic ring, signed John Kentish Junr, London
Case: gold, the back centred with a pink enamel plaque painted en grisaille with symbols of everlasting love and fidelity, the panel surrounded by cross palm fronds and a tied ribbon in imperial blue basse-taille enamel within engine turning and bordered by white enamel, both bezels decorated with translucent blue enamel flowers and foliage interspersed by white enamel fronds, winding shutter to the border of central plaque with lever adjacent to hinge, stop slide beneath the bezel adjacent to 20 second numeral, case maker's mark HT incuse probably for Henry Cleaver Taylor or possibly Henry Teague
diameter 58mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 10th April 1994, lot 62

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 238, pl. 145

Catalogue Note

This watch is similar in design and layout to lot 32 in this sale, also by John Kentish Junior. Both have fine quality movements and dials that are notable for the clarity of their design, with hours and minutes contained within a subsidiary dial, thereby devoting the greater part of the dial to the seconds hand and its ring which is calibrated to fifths of a second. A lever beneath the bezel at the 20 second numeral acts directly on the amplitude controlling pin on the balance staff, thereby allowing the seconds hand to be started and stopped. This permits the watch to be accurately set to time or used as a timer. Interestingly, although this watch and no. 1073 have cases by different makers, they are of remarkably similar design and both feature a special shuttered, lever operated, winding aperture.

For a note on John Kentish Junior, see lot 32.

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

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