A very similar watch to the present piece but with movement signed by Thomas Hande, may be found in the collections of the British Museum. The case back of Hande’s watch is almost identical to the present watch and it is therefore possible that the cases were produced from the same casting. Other forms of flower or bud-form cases popular during the mid 17th century included the tulip and rose (see lot 14).
In his book The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain (NAG Press 1981, p. 91), Brian Loomes notes that whilst Henry Beraud was never formally admitted to the Clockmakers’ Company, he was accepted by them and his own apprentice was presented to the Clockmakers’ Company in 1633. Beraud is believed to have died before 1662/63 (see op. cit).
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