Here we offer an Antique Swiss 18th Century Clock Watch, which was made for the European market.This Pocket Watch rings the hours on a bell, every hour and gives a single ding on the half hour. This Verge Fusee is in very good cosmetic condition and the outer case, has a London Hallmark for 1794c. The movement plate bears serial number 525 and the case 772. It is working very well and keeping time to within 30mins per day, but can be adjusted by the regulator. It has a diamond end-stone and is Key Wound on the back and and Key Set on the Dial. There is a separate Arbour to wind the Going Barrell for the chiming and repeat mechanism, which is activated by the small button in the Pendant. The Dial is signed Eardley Norton, which was a marketing ploy used by the Swiss to obtain better prices for their watches, as English Watches were considered best of breed at that time.
It is housed in Silver Pair Cases and the Outer is stamped with silver assay marks and a London year date for 1794c. The Outer is 65mm in diameter – (25.4mm =1 inch) and bears the Makers Mark ILG. The Watch Case measures 55mm in Diameter (87mm incl. Pendant ring) and 20mm deep in the outer. It is beautifully crafted in handcut silver filgree to enable the sound to permeate.
he 47mm White Enamel Dial is in very good condition. It has a raised Glass Bullseye Lens, Breguet Blued Steel Hands and is signed Eardley Norton, London. It is being sold as described and in the condition as shown in the pics – (Ref : ACC 225).
This late 18th century Clock Watch is extremely rare and very collectible and comes to you directly from a large Irish Watch Collection, which was assembled over the past 40-50 years and is priced at €3,250, or nearest offer.
Eardley Norton was a noted London maker of complicated clocks, including astronomical clocks and especially musical clocks playing on bells. A particularly fine example, supplied in 1765, survives in Buckingham Palace. Until recently his origins have been obscure, but it is now known that he was born in Lincolnshire in 1728, and apprenticed as a clockmaker on 25 May 1743 to Robert Dawson of Alford. He was working in St John Street, Clerkenwell, in 1760 and was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1770 until he died in 1792. His name was sometimes faked on Swiss watches, and he also used the name ‘Yeldrae’ (Eardley backwards) on some cheaper watches. He patented a new type of striking mechanism for clocks and watches, but despite this patent often having been referred to, its details have never been published in the horological literature.Patent number 987, for an invention of a Clock which Strikes the Hours and Parts upon a Principle entirely New; and a Watch which Repeats the Hours and Parts, so concisely Contrived and Disposed as to admit of being conveniently Contained not only in a Watch but also in its Appendage, such as a Key, Seal or Trinket’, was applied for on 31st August 1771. – John Robey AHS, March 2007.
The S&H Worldwide is by Fedex at a cost of €85 to €115, depending on destination of sale.
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