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Recordon, London
A RARE, LARGE AND HIGHLY UNUSUAL SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL THREE-TRAIN QUARTER STRIKING AND QUARTER REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH ALARM, STAND AND FITTED ASSOCIATED ROSEWOOD AND BRASS INLAID BOX CIRCA 1785, NO. 2035
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT
36
Recordon, London
A RARE, LARGE AND HIGHLY UNUSUAL SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL THREE-TRAIN QUARTER STRIKING AND QUARTER REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH ALARM, STAND AND FITTED ASSOCIATED ROSEWOOD AND BRASS INLAID BOX CIRCA 1785, NO. 2035
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Recordon, London
A RARE, LARGE AND HIGHLY UNUSUAL SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL THREE-TRAIN QUARTER STRIKING AND QUARTER REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH ALARM, STAND AND FITTED ASSOCIATED ROSEWOOD AND BRASS INLAID BOX CIRCA 1785, NO. 2035
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, applied central reserve highly decoratively engraved with scrolling foliage, decoratively pierced and engraved balance bridge, ruby endstone, regulation plate with Turkish numerals, fusee and chain to the going train, standing barrel to the quarter striking train with two steel hammers acting to a bell on the inside of the case, standing barrel to the alarm train, pump quarter repeating, signed Thomas Grignon, London, no. 2035, gilt-metal dust cap signed Markwick Markham, Recordon London, no. 7218
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, two subsidiary dials for alarm time and seconds, gold spade hour and minute hands, signed Recordon, London
Cases: silver inner, the band pierced for sound emission and decorated with roundels centred with a flower alternating with sheaves, the back with symmetrically arranged circular engraved decoration, large pendant and stirrup bow, strike/silent lever beneath bezel between 7 and 8 o'clock • outer case tortoiseshell with pierced silver roundels for sound emission alternating with pin work decoration, the back centred with a silver panel with apertures for winding trains with engraved instructions, integrated stand to base
Box: later Adam Revival rosewood box with decorative brass inlay of flowers and foliage, gilded aperture for time display, fitted inner tier lined with velvet and removing to reveal inner compartment

With winding key and key for wooden box.


diameter of outer case 131mm, inner case 111mm, height including stand 175mm, mahogany box 165 x 210 x 90mm
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Catalogue Note

An impressive and large coach watch, this is a highly unusual piece on account of its integral, four-legged stand. The stand allows the watch to be used as a clock and would have been entirely suited to travelling - the bow allowing it to be hung in one’s carriage, the stand for use in one’s accommodation.

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).

 

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

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London