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George Margetts, London
A RARE SILVER PAIR CASED POCKET CHRONOMETER 1797, NO. 13 
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 GBP
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78
George Margetts, London
A RARE SILVER PAIR CASED POCKET CHRONOMETER 1797, NO. 13 
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 GBP
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George Margetts, London
A RARE SILVER PAIR CASED POCKET CHRONOMETER 1797, NO. 13 
Movement: gilded full plate, spring detent escapement, pierced and foliate engraved balance cock, an urn at the neck, a typical Margetts pocket chronometer bi-metallic balance with tangential screws on the compensation weights , helical balance spring, diamond end-stone, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars signed and numbered George Margetts, London, No. 13
Dial: white enamel, the upper dial with Roman numerals and outer Arabic minute ring, large subsidiary seconds beneath, gold hands
Cases: plain silver inner case, winding aperture to case back, stirrup pendant and bow plain polished outer, both cases hallmarked 1797 and with maker's mark IR incuse 
diameter of outer case 62.5mm, inner 54.5mm
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Provenance

Sotheby's Zurich, 17 November 1976, lot 95
Crott Auctions, 24 November 2007, lot 240

Catalogue Note

Research carried out by Jonathan Betts has shown that, during the mid-1790s, Margetts began to shift his focus towards the production of marine chronometers. Whilst relatively late in his career, the strong demand for chronometers meant that this was a lucrative area of the horological market and one through which Margetts might have hoped to continue to recover from his bankruptcy (Margetts's bankruptcy had been declared on 29 December 1788). Also notable is the fact that the 14-year privileges of Arnold and Earnshaw's chronometer escapements had expired respectively in 1796 and 1797. It was during the late 1790s that Margetts began to sell pocket chronometers, and the present chronometer, which is numbered 13, is one of the earliest from this period. For further information on George Margetts, see lot 67 in the present sale and Jonathan Betts, Marine Chronometers at Greenwich, OUP, 2017, pp.230-236.

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