Lot 4
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Edward East, Londini

18,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • Edward East, Londini
  • silver-gilt, shagreen
  • diameter of outer case 63mm, inner case 56mm
Movement: gilded full plate movement, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and floral engraved screwed on balance cock, flat balance, worm and wheel set-up, silver locking plate and blued steel stop work visible to the backplate, fusee and chain, tulip pillars, striking on a bell to the inside case back, signed Edwardus East, Londini
Dial: silver-gilt champlevé with chased rosette to the centre against a stippled ground, Roman numerals, inner ring with quarter hour divisions, blued steel tulip-form hand
Cases: silver-gilt inner case, the back with symmetrically arranged chased and engraved flowers and foliage beneath a crown, the pierced band engraved with similarly styled flowers and foliage and dogs' heads either side of the later pendant and bow • later leather outer case with decorative pin work


Sotheby's London, 18th March 1974, lot 44
Antiquorum Geneva, The Art of British Horology, 21st October 1995, lot 5


Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, pp. 96-97, pl. 47


The movement in attractive restored condition and is running and striking at time of cataloguing. Dial has been cleaned and restored, gilding to inner case rubbed and with solder repairs to pierced decoration. Outer is considerably later in date and the pin work decoration is crudely executed. At the time of its sale at Sotheby's in 1974, the watch had a different outer case and later styled pendant, the cataloguing noted that the balance and cock had been replaced and the current balance and cock have therefore been sympathetically restored to be in keeping with the original style.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

The pierced and engraved decoration to the inner case of this watch can be compared with that of a coach watch by Edward East, lot 2 in this sale and also to that found on a watch by Nathaniel Barrow from c. 1665, for which see: Sotheby's London, Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, 15 December 2016, lot 5.

For a note on Edward East, see lot 2.