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Estienne Hubert (1635 - c. 1702)
Gilt-brass and rock crystal cased verge watch in the form of a scallop-shell
Signed on the back plate: Estienne hubert, ARouen, c. 1640
case; gilt-brass, rock crystal, silver; engraved dial; gilt-brass; engraved, silver, blued-steel movement; gilt-brass
case 41.1 mm length case 30.9 mm width case 20.3 mm thickness movement 25.2 mm length movement 25.65 mm width movement 5.85 mm pillar height
Case: Gilt-brass frame with rock-crystal covers. The engraved silver band appears to be a 17th-century replacement for the original rock-crystal (there are bridges at the pendant and finial positions for the cover hinges). Dial: Gilt-brass dial engraved with a village scene within an applied silver chapter-ring with hours I-XII and arrow-head half-hour marks. Blued-steel hand. Movement: Shaped gilt-brass plates with four baluster pillars. Tangent-screw set-up; fusee with gut line; three wheel train; verge escapement; balance cock screwed to the back plate. Signed on the back plate: Estienne hubert ARouen Estienne Hubert, Rouen, 1635-c. 1702. Literature: Baillie, Watches, 1929, pl. XXIII.3, p. 113.
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.