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Anonymous, English (18th century)
Miniature gold cased cylinder watch

: , c. 1780

case; gold, sparks, end stone; bright-cut, engraving

case 17 mm diameter case 10.55 mm thickness movement 13.2 mm diameter pillar 2.2 mm height

Case: Gold case of small proportions with an integral back and hinged glazed bezel, the later set with a circle of brilliants. The bezel and band are engraved with a repeated chevron motive with flowers between. The back is plain. There is is a single loop with a loose ring in place of the usual pendant. The case is unmarked. Dial: A white enamel dial with a wide gold rim is pinned directly to the movement front plate. An outer circle of dots for the minutes, numbered 5-60 surrounds hours I-XII. There is a winding hole at III-IIII. Gold hour and minute hands. Movement: Gilt-brass plates with three tapered pillars. The front plate is cut away and has a bridge for the recessed train wheels, the back plate is partially skeletonised. The barrel has ratchet set-up under the dial. The normal stop-work for the fusee is not fitted, and a vacant stud ion the front plate next to the fusee square suggests perhaps a form of geared stop work under the dial. Four wheel train and cylinder escapement, the escape wheel and cylinder both steel. Brass three-arm balance with spiral balance spring. The balance cock foot is secured by two feet and the regulator index is mounted on the balance cock table with a scale marked 'F' and 'S' with a stylised fleur-de-lis in the middle. The movement is unsigned. Provenance: Bullivant Bequest, 1974. (Bullivant Collection no. 54)

Bequeathed by Eric Bullivant, 1974.

WA1974.231

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