GERMAN | A VERY RARE GILT METAL BOOK FORM STACKFREED CLOCK WATCHCIRCA 1580
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- A VERY RARE GILT METAL BOOK FORM STACKFREED CLOCK WATCHCIRCA 1580
Movement: with alterations, gilt metal back plate, verge escapement, later dumb-bell balance, hogs bristle regulator possibly later with regulation scale to movement edge, later stackfreed spring and roller mounted on backplate, inset later countwheel, open springs to both trainsDial: gilt-metal, engraved chapter ring with Roman numerals, raised touch pins above each hour, the centre engraved with a blazing sun, dial surround decorated en suite with the caseCase: gilt metal book-form, chased and engraved with foliate scroll work and geometric motifs, the hinged strap catches (probably later), rounded grill above the dial with feather-form engraved decoration and roundels above each numeral, similar cover above bell to case back
In the 16th Century the main centres for watch making were Augsburg, Munich and Nuremburg. Although not signed this watch is almost certainly of German origin. Watches from this period were most commonly drum or tambour shaped and made of gilded brass. Examples in the form of books are rare. There is a spectacular example by Hans Koch, one of the leading makers in South Germany, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. A clock watch with astronomical compendium, it demonstrates perfectly the fashion for portable luxury timepieces in this period. See: David Thompson, Watches in the Ashmolean Museum, pp. VIII-X & 8-11.