GROUP OF THREE YELLOW GOLD, HALF-HUNTER CASED WATCHES
CIRCA 1882, CIRCA 1888, CIRCA 1885
The first: yellow gold half-hunter watch, gilt, ¾ plate, lever escapement • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds • 18ct yellow gold half-hunter case • movement signed Gibson & Co, Belfast • numbered 6912 • makers mark T.C. • the second: yellow gold half-hunter watch, gilt, ¾ plate, free sprung, lever escapement • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, centre seconds, signed Tho. Russel & Son • 18ct yellow gold half-hunter case • movement signed Tho Russel & Son., Makers to the Queen, Liverpool • numbered 90683 • makers mark T.R. • the third: yellow gold half-hunter watch with up /down indicator, gilt, ¾ plate, lever escapement • signed silvered sunburst dial, subsidiary seconds and up/down indication • 18ct yellow gold half-hunter case • movement signed Tho. Russel & Son, Makers to the Queen Victoria, Liverpool • numbered 109621 • maker's mark T.R.
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Movements of all three watches running at the time of cataloguing. 1st: dial in overall good condition with some signs of discoloration, visible on the subsidiary seconds dial, no visible cracks. Case with scuffs and marks throughout, some loss of colour on the outer hour chapter. 2nd: dial in overall good condition, no visible cracks. Case in overall good condition with scratches and marks throughout consistent with age and wear of the timepiece. 3rd: dial in overall good condition with some marks and scratches in particular visible around the centre of the hands. case in overall good condition with scratches and marks throughout consistent with age and wear of the timepiece, with some loss to the enamel around the chapter on the outside of case
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
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