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Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
A VERY FINE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS POCKET CHRONOMETER WITH SPRING DETENT ESCAPEMENT CIRCA 1895, NO. 27885
Movement: 1a quality, 19''' cal. 43 gilded ½ plate, spring detent escapement, large free-sprung bi-metallic compensation balance, blued steel helical spring, decoratively engraved balance cock, diamond endstone, some jewels carried in gold screwed chatons, fusee and chain, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, no.27885
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring with five-minute Arabic numeral divisions above, sunken centre and subsidiary seconds, gold Louis XV style hands, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden 
Case: 18ct pink gold Lucia a Goutte case with plain polished covers, glazed movement cover, plain polished gold cuvette, lever for hand-set beneath bezel at 2 o'clock, covers and cuvette signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, back cover and cuvette numbered 27885, front cover numbered 85

diameter 57mm
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Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p.105 pl. 82, and p.167, table 5
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, pp. 100-101, table 19
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne the Watchmakers of Dresden, Vol II, 2012, p. 150, figs. 456-458
Klassikuhren, Vol VI, 1994
Reinhard Meis, Adolph Lange und seine Söhne, Klassik Uhren, 6-1994, p.20

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming date of sale on 27th November 1895 to Comp. Carl Schmutzer, München for 950.-M. 

Pocket chronometer no. 27885 is one of approximately 34 pieces made by Lange & Söhne from 1883-1936. For a list of these pocket chronometers including the present lot, see Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, pp. 100-101, table 19. This piece is also illustrated op. cit., p.105, pl.8, where the sale information of 27 November 1895 for 950 Marks to C. Schmutzer, Munich is recorded.

For a similar A. Lange & Söhne pocket chronometer no.25085, see: Dr. H. Crott., A. Lange & Söhne Glashütter Uhren, lot 92, 27th April 1991.

To the best of our knowledge, only ten pocket chronometers have appeared at auction, and this is the first time the present lot has appeared on the market.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Geneva