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John Bushman, London
AN EXCEPTIONAL SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH OUTER CASE WITH MANUAL PERPETUAL CALENDAR, INDICATIONS FOR SAINTS' DAYS, SEASONS, RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, SUNRISE, SUNSET, LENGTHS OF DAYLIGHT HOURS CIRCA 1710, NO. 1252
Estimate
8,50013,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
44
John Bushman, London
AN EXCEPTIONAL SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH OUTER CASE WITH MANUAL PERPETUAL CALENDAR, INDICATIONS FOR SAINTS' DAYS, SEASONS, RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, SUNRISE, SUNSET, LENGTHS OF DAYLIGHT HOURS CIRCA 1710, NO. 1252
Estimate
8,50013,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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John Bushman, London
AN EXCEPTIONAL SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH OUTER CASE WITH MANUAL PERPETUAL CALENDAR, INDICATIONS FOR SAINTS' DAYS, SEASONS, RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, SUNRISE, SUNSET, LENGTHS OF DAYLIGHT HOURS CIRCA 1710, NO. 1252
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, winged masked balance cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage and centred with a shell, broad pierced cock foot similarly engraved, silver regulation disc, crested Egyptian pillars, fusee and chain, signed and numbered John Bushman, London, no.1252, additionally with B stamped to top plate
Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals filled with black wax, half hour divisions between and to the ring beneath, outer Arabic minute ring, all against a stippled ground, blued steel beetle and poker hands, gilded outer ring, dial centre with banners surrounded by chased and engraved scrolls and signed Bushman, London
Cases: plain silver inner, the back with shuttered winding aperture, case numbered 1252 and with maker's mark IW incuse (probably John Willoughby) • outer case with square hinge, the bezel engraved with the months and their respective number of days, the case back divided into 12 segments corresponding to each of the months shown to the bezel, each segment headed with the sign of the zodiac and their respective symbol, named saints’ days and dates of Christian festivals, indication for beginning and end of the seasons, calculation tables beneath, the centre with two revolving discs for calculating length of daylight hours, sunrise and sunset and future dates, outer case with maker's mark WS beneath a crown incuse for William Sherwood
diameter of outer case 57mm, inner 48mm
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Provenance


Antiquorum Geneva, 15 October 2006, lot 346

Catalogue Note

The outer case of this watch has an extraordinarily intricate series of calculating tables. Indeed, their complexity is such that detailed planning and preparatory drawings would have been essential to prepare for the engraver's work.

John Bushman was born in Augsburg in 1661 as Johannes Buschman III. He moved to London where in 1690, at the age of 29, he married the 23 year old Mary Wyatt in the Parish of Westminster. In 1692 he was made a Brother in the Clockmakers' Company, becoming an Assistant in the Company in 1720. [See: B. Loomes, The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press 1981, p.129].

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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