Lot 8
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Richard Ditchfield, Londini

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • Richard Ditchfield, Londini
  • Silver and tortoiseshell
  • diameter of outer case 52mm, inner case 46mm
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and floral engraved screwed-on balance cock and long oval foot, flat balance, worm and wheel set-up, fusee and chain, elaborately pierced floriate pillars and foot to the stop work, signed Richard Ditchfield, Londini
Dial: silver champlevé with long Roman numerals against a stippled ground, inner ring with quarter hour divisions, rosette to the centre, blued steel tulip hand, gilded outer ring
Cases: plain silver inner case, split bezel for glass retention, plain ring pendant, indistinct maker's mark • tortoiseshell outer case, the back centred with an inlaid silver Tudor rose surrounded by stylised silver wire wreath, decorative small silver roundels to the bezels   


Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 112, pl. 49


Movement running at time of cataloguing but may benefit from a clean. Dial with some scuffs and scratches. Inner case with some light indentations. Outer case with some small splits to the tortoiseshell, the inlaid silver decoration in good overall condition.
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Catalogue Note

This watch was made without a balance spring yet was almost certainly completed after its first introduction in 1675, but before it was universally adopted in the very early 1680s.

 Richard Ditchfield (c.1649-1697) was apprenticed through the Clothworkers’ Company and became a Free Brother of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1677. Ditchfield was recorded as an engraver and so it is perhaps no surprise that the movement’s cock and table are wonderfully pierced and engraved and the pillars are of elaborate floriate form, indeed, even the signature is executed with an elaborate flourish.