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    MOVEMENT AND DIAL OF A VERGE WATCH CASE: Missing DIAL: Later white enamel dial with minutes numbered 5-60 and hours I-XII Partially broken beetle hopur hand. Minute hand missing. MOVEMENT: Circular gilt-brass plates with four tulip pillars. Barrel with tangent screw set up between the plates. Fusee with chainn and standard stop-work. Four wheel rain, the centre wheel solid, the third and contrate wheels with three crosssings. Verge escapement, the crown wheel running between rivetted potences, the potence with hatched decoration on the visible side, and the counter potence with an adjustable plug. Steel three-arm balance with spiral balance spring and Tompion regulator with a silver index disc engraved I-IIII. Pierced and engraved foliate balance cock with assymetric pierced foot and trilobal pierced centre to the table.


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    • 1680-1685
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    • Diameter: 37 millimetres
    • Thickness: 16.8 millimetres
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        Nath Barrow London
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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