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Zacharie Fonnereau (active 1618 - 1641)
Elongated octagonal faceted rock crystal and gilt-brass cased verge watch
Movement: fonnereau, A la Rochelle, c. 1640
outer case; gold/gilded, pink silk inner case; rock crystal, gilt-brass dial; gilt-brass; engraved, blued-steel movement; gilt-brass, brass
outer case 35 mm length outer case 31.2 mm width outer case 26.2 mm thickness case 43.4 mm length case 26.15 mm width case 23.4 mm thickness movement 21.9 mm length movement 17.75 mm width movement 7.6 mm pillar height
Case: Elongated octagonal rock-crystal case with gilt-brass rims. Cast foliate pendant, no finial intended. The inside of the lid rim is decorated with engraved bead and reel ornament. A plain gold outer case, probably not original, is not exhibited. Dial: Gilt-brass dial engraved with flowers around and within an engraved chapter-ring with hours I-XII and straight-line half-hour marks. Blued-steel hand. Movement: Oval gilt-brass plates with four baluster pillars. Barrel with ratchet and click set-up. Fusee with gut line and standard stop-work; three wheel going train of gilt-brass wheels; verge escapement, the brass balance is not original. Pierced foliate balance cock pinned to a stud on the back plate. Movement signed: fonnereau A la Rochelle Zacharie Fonnereau, La Rochelle (see No. 31 above for biographical details). Notes: Associated is an Anonymous English (?) Octagonal silver gilt outer box. An elongated octagonal gold/gilded outer box with high domed front and back, to contain a rock--crystal cased watch. Small hinge on one side and a large closing hook on the other. A large cut-out for the pendant but none for a finial. Lined in the back with pink silk.
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.