Lot 37
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Justin Vulliamy, London

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  • Justin Vulliamy, London
    1788, NO. OSO
  • gold
  • diameter of outer case 53mm, inner case 46.5mm
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with foliage, a mask at the neck, diamond endstone, elaborately coiled serpent indicating to silver regulator plate, two polished steel hammers repeating on blocks secured to inside case back, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, signed and numbered Just. Vulliamy, London, OSO, plain gilt-metal dust cap 
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Cases: gold inner, the back with engraved classical urn with dated monogram LS 1787, stirrup-form bow with chased leaf-form sides, pulse piece beneath bezel at 5 o'clock • gold outer case centred with cartouche engraved with the arms and motto of Frederick Irby, third Baron Boston, surrounded by engine-turned decoration with inset polished roundels, both bezels engraved with scrolls and foliage, both cases hallmarked 1788 and with maker's mark WQ incuse for William Quinton


Antiquorum Geneva, Professor Thomas Engel Collection, Part 1, 11th November 2001, lot 290


Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 297, pl. 183

Catalogue Note

The arms and motto to the case back are those of Frederick Irby, third Baron Boston who, for 50 years, was Lord of the Bedchamber to King George III. The repeating work is of the Stodgen-type and its action is ‘dumb’ half-quarter – repeating on blocks rather than a bell to the inside case back. Dumb repeating watches were increasingly fashionable during this period. Vulliamy has used the long-established design for the dial of five minute figures and minute ring, however, the addition of a single dot marks each half-quarter, with twin dots at the quarters. The design and high quality finish of the cock, with its grotesque mask at the neck, and the regulator plate with its serpent indicator, are typical of the maker’s work leading up to 1790.

For a note on Justin Vulliamy, see lot 35.