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Octavy Johann Dennicken, Konigsberg
A SILVER PAIR CASED SUN AND MOON VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1720
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Octavy Johann Dennicken, Konigsberg
A SILVER PAIR CASED SUN AND MOON VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1720
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Octavy Johann Dennicken, Konigsberg
A SILVER PAIR CASED SUN AND MOON VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1720
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, silver balance cock decoratively pierced and engraved with three birds carrying a tortoise, broad cock foot engraved with scrolling foliage, plain brass pillars each mounted with a pierced and engraved eagle each holding a different attribute including a sword and an anchor, silver regulation disc, fusee and chain, signed Octa. Joh. Dennicken, Konigsberg
Dial: silver champlevé, large aperture with rotating disc divided into day and night, the hours indicated on an outer semi-circular chapter ring with Roman numerals heightened
with black wax, the daytime hours indicated by a golden sun with pointer, the night hours indicated by a silver moon with pointer surrounded by silver stars, both the sun and moon against a blued steel sky, outer Arabic minute ring, single steel hand, the lower half of the dial with two eagles supporting banners signed Octav. Joh. Dennicken, Konigsbrg,
Cases: plain silver inner and pendant, split bezel for glass retention, later bow, shuttered winding aperture to back, case maker's mark A H incuse beneath a crown • outer tortoiseshell covered with silver piqué work depicting a stylised flower to the centre and four coronets to the edge, the front bezel with further pin work decoration plain pendant
diameter of outer case 54mm, diameter of inner case 47mm
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Although by the beginning of the 18th century the standard dial configuration with concentric hour and minute hands had become more or less universal, some unusual dial designs were devised. During this period there were four principal variations of dial design: the six-hour dial (see lot 34), the wandering hour dial (see lot 42), the differential dial and, as in this instance, the sun-and-moon dial. On the present watch, the sun and moon point to the hours as they move across the large semi-circular aperture whilst minutes are indicated by the single hand on the outer ring.

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