A MAHOGANY LONGCASE REGULATOR, ROBERT FLETCHER, EDINBURGH, CIRCA 1840
12½-inch silvered dial with outer minute track enclosing subsidiary seconds dial with observatory marks and an hours dial, signed Fletcher, Edinburgh, the massive movement with five double-screwed pillars, deadbeat escapement with jewelled pallets, high count train with six spoke wheel crossings, Harrison's maintaining power, end plates to all possible pivots except the great wheel, cranked crutch, the separately suspended pendulum with beat adjustment to the roller suspension, wood rod and massive lenticular bob, the case with shallow-arch top and canted hood corners, glazed trunk door and plain plinth with plain apron
197cm. 6ft. 5½in. high
Dial in good condition, silvering rubbed in places. Movement in very good condition but is much in need of a clean and fresh oil. Case in generally good original condition throughout, moulding missing from top right side of hood, beat plaque missing from backboard, other old scuffs and marks throughout commensurate with age. With pendulum, brass-cased weight and winder but no case keys.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Robert Graham Fletcher (1797-1851), is recorded as having worked as a watchmaker in Edinburgh between 1825 and 1851. The underside of the seatboard bearing a watch paper for George Alfred Norris, (1829-1895) watchmaker and jeweller of Notting Hill, London.