Richard Ditchfield, Londini
- Richard Ditchfield, Londini
- A SPLENDID SILVER AND TORTOISESHELL PAIR CASED PRE-BALANCE SPRING VERGE WATCH
- Silver and tortoiseshell
- diameter of outer case 52mm, inner case 46mm
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
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.