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John Brockbank, London
A FINE GOLD AND ENAMEL PAIR CASED WATCH WITH GOLD CHAIN SUSPENDED WITH TASSELS 1780, NO. 1464
Estimate
3,5005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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John Brockbank, London
A FINE GOLD AND ENAMEL PAIR CASED WATCH WITH GOLD CHAIN SUSPENDED WITH TASSELS 1780, NO. 1464
Estimate
3,5005,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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John Brockbank, London
A FINE GOLD AND ENAMEL PAIR CASED WATCH WITH GOLD CHAIN SUSPENDED WITH TASSELS 1780, NO. 1464
Movement: gilded full plate, later lever escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with flowers and foliage, an urn at the neck, diamond endstone, silver regulation plate, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, signed and numbered Jno. Brockbank, London, no.1464, gilt metal dust cap similarly signed and numbered
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, gold beetle and poker hands
Cases: plain gold inner, the back with winding aperture, stirrup pendant and bow, hallmarked 1780, indistinct maker's mark, numbered 1 • gold outer with polychrome enamel painted central plaque depicting two maidens wrapping a garland of flowers around a female stone bust mounted on a pedestal, the scene with white opaque enamel border heightened with translucent ruby-coloured enamel roundels, the whole surrounded by a purple guilloché enamel frame with white enamel dots simulating pearls, the front and back bezels with opaque white enamel ground heightened with ruby-coloured enamel roundels • decorative pendant chains, an oval enamel central panel decorated en-suite with the case back and centred with a small enamel painted panel of a landscape to one side, the reverse with glazed reserve containing a plaited lock of hair, the chain terminating in tassels with similar decorative motifs
diameter of outer case 50mm, inner 43.5mm
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Provenance

Time Museum, Rockford, Illinois
Sotheby's New York, Fine Watches from the Atwood Collection, 11 December, 1986, lot 204

Catalogue Note

John Brockbank was an English chronometer maker along with his brother, Myles.  Apprenticed in 1761, Brockbank joined the Clockmakers’ Company from 1769 until his death in 1806.  His brother apprenticed with him, and together they formed their company in 1780, which John managed until his death.  After Myles retired in 1808, their sons continued the company.  Throughout his career, Brockbank made a name for himself making precision watches with the detached escapement, and employed other notable watchmakers, including Thomas Earnshaw.

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