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Martin Duboule, possibly (1583 - 1640)
Elongated octagonal gilt-brass and rock crystal cased verge watch
Signed on the back plate: Duboule, c. 1640
case; rock crystal; faceted, gilt-brass; engraved, silver; engraved dial; gilt-brass; engraved, silver, blued-steel movement; gilt-brass
case 54.45 mm length case 31.05 mm width case 26.75 mm thickness movement 27.25 mm length movement 22.75 mm width movement 9.2 mm pillar height
Case: Faceted rock-crystal case, the gilt-brass rims engraved with foliate decoration. The silver band, engraved with foliate scrolls and hounds, replaces an original rock-crystal band. The front cover is a modern replacement. Dial: Gilt-brass dial with eight engraved panels decorated with flowers and animals in a floral border around a silver chapter-ring with hours I-XII and arrow-head half-hour marks. The central area is engraved with a landscape. Blued-steel hand. (The chapter-ring is possibly a replacement.) Movement: Elongated octagonal gilt-brass plates with four baluster pillars. Ratchet and click set-up with a replacement wheel. Fusee with gut line; three wheel train; verge escapement; pierced foliate balance cock screwed to the back plate. Signed on the back plate: Duboule Made by a member of the Duboule family of Geneva, possibly Martin Duboule, 1583-1640 or, more likely, one of his sons Jean Baptiste, 1615-1694, or Jean, apprenticed 1629.
Bequeathed by J. Francis Mallett, 1947.