With winding key and key for wooden box.
The serial number 2035 is very high in Thomas Grignion’s known series and it is therefore possible that the movement was part of his effects when he died in 1784. It is not surprising, bearing in mind Markwick Markham’s strong association with the Middle Eastern markets, that the watch has 'Turkish' numerals on the regulator. Recordon’s partnership with Markwick Markham is recorded. The fact that the dial has Roman rather than Turkish numerals suggests that the final order for the watch was made by an English or European customer for whom the dial was fitted.
Louis Recordon (active 1778-1824) worked initially in Greek Street, Soho and later, in 1797, he succeeded to Josiah Emery's business at 33 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross. Thomas Grignion (1713-1784) was the son of Daniel Grignion (c.1684-1763) who arrived in England from France around 1688. In his book, The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, Brian Loomes notes that the Grignions were recorded as "finishers to the late Mr Daniel Quare at the Kings Arms and Dial in Russel Street, Covent Garden" (see op. cit. p.267).
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