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Matthew Day
AN EXCEPTIONAL OVAL SILVER AND GILT-METAL VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1625
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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Matthew Day
AN EXCEPTIONAL OVAL SILVER AND GILT-METAL VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1625
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Matthew Day
AN EXCEPTIONAL OVAL SILVER AND GILT-METAL VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1625
Movement: gilded full plate oval with decoratively engraved border, verge escapement, plain flat steel balance, pierced and floral engraved pinned-on balance cock, wheel and click set-up with similarly decorated cock, fusee and gut line, pierced Egyptian pillars • movement signed Mathew Day Fecit
Dial: silver, chapter ring with Roman numerals and half-hour divisions, centre engraved with a soldier wearing a sheathed sword and holding a pike aloft, a line of figures in the middle distance, the outer border with scrolling flowers and foliage, a winged cherub above 12 o'clock, turned blued steel hand the tip in the form of a hand its index finger indicating the time
Case: silver oval, front cover engraved with a winged figure of Mercury within an oval bordered with repeated lozenge motif, case back with further classical warrior within a similar oval border, winding aperture covered by a gilded scallop-form cover, inside front cover engraved with a wreath, silver band engraved with scrolling flowers and foliage, gilded mounts and trefoil pendant
length including pendant 53.5mm, width 29.5mm
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Catalogue Note

The cover of this watch is engraved with the winged figure of Mercury, one of the twelve gods of Olympus. Known to the Greeks as Hermes, he was also the patron of travellers and therefore an appropriate figure with which to decorate the case of a portable timepiece. Matthew Day is listed by both Baillie and Loomes and is noted to have worked in the town of Saffron Walden, just south of Cambridge. A watch with a case of similar design but with different scenes may be found in the collections of the British Museum, the latter having a movement signed John Lampard fecit.

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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