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Charles Frodsham, London
A VERY FINE SILVER FREE-SPRUNG 2-DAY POCKET CHRONOMETER DECK WATCH WITH DUO-IN-UNO HAIRSPRING, UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION AND FITTED MAHOGANY BOX 1887, NO. 07326
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Charles Frodsham, London
A VERY FINE SILVER FREE-SPRUNG 2-DAY POCKET CHRONOMETER DECK WATCH WITH DUO-IN-UNO HAIRSPRING, UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION AND FITTED MAHOGANY BOX 1887, NO. 07326
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Charles Frodsham, London
A VERY FINE SILVER FREE-SPRUNG 2-DAY POCKET CHRONOMETER DECK WATCH WITH DUO-IN-UNO HAIRSPRING, UP-AND-DOWN INDICATION AND FITTED MAHOGANY BOX 1887, NO. 07326
Movement: gilded half plate movement with spring detent escapement, duo-in-uno hairspring, diamond endstone, free sprung bi-metallic screw balance, signed Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand, London, by Appointment to the Queen, with medals of honour and numbered 07326
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Dial: silvered, blued steel spade hands, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and sector with up-and-down indication from 0-54, the dial further engraved with Royal Warrant and a medal of honour for France, Russia, and Italy
Case: silver, gold hinges, plain ring pendant hallmarked 1886, plain polished inner cuvette • the case and cuvette hallmarked London, 1887, each with casemaker's stamp GJT incuse for George James Thickbroom
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Deck box: mahogany, the fitted wooden interior opening into an easel-form stand with velvet and silk lining

diameter 68mm, deck box 109mm x 139mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, The Longitude at the Eve of the Third Millenium, 23 October 1999, lot 53

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Charles Frodsham & Co Certificate of Origin confirming date of the watch entering into their stock in 1888.

The present lot belongs to a series of approximately twenty-two pieces produced over a period of forty years. Today eleven pieces are known to have survived. The first two pieces made were sold sometime around 1856-7. The present lot belongs to the final part of the series which was finished in three small groups in the late 1880s and 1890s. For a similar example, numbered 07324, see: Sotheby's London, Celebration of the English Watch, Part II, 7 July 2016, lot 77.  For further information on these deck watches see: Camerer Cuss, The English Watch, 1585-1970, pp. 416-419.

In 1843 Charles Frodsham bought the firm J.R. Arnold with the firm renamed Arnold and Frodsham. This was a bold move as it set Frodsham up at 84 Strand. He retained the double name until 1858 when the firm Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand, was officially established. Through his many publications and timepieces, Frodsham dedicated himself to the exploration and education of time and its many forms. He continued to achieve acclaim for his work from chronometers to barometers, reversed fusee and both lever and double rotary escapements. The Frodsham balance, which was designed for astronomical accuracy can be found in carriage clocks and some mantel clocks dating to as early as 1851. Charles Frodsham became free of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1845 and Master of the Company in 1855. He served as Master of the Company for a second time in 1862, that same year he was elected Vice-President of the British Horological Institute, of which he was one of the original members. In 1855 he won the Gold Medal of Honour at the Paris Exhibition. In 1862 he was awarded the Medal of Honour for his service as a juror at the Great International Exhibition in South Kensington. He continued to achieve recognition at exhibitions from Russia to Paris. Charles Frodsham excelled at his art until his death in January, 1871, at the age of 60.

Upon Charles's death, his son, Harrison Mill Frodsham, took charge of the firm and incorporated it in 1893 as Charles Frodsham & Co. Ltd.  Harrison Mill Frodsham proved to be an able horologist and businessman and the firm continued to flourish as a maker of fine timepieces, as the present lot exemplifies.

 

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