- Museum number
GOLD AND PAINTED ENAMEL CASED VERGE WATCH.
Circular gilt-brass plates with four baluster pillars. The dial side of the pillar-plate engraved with a zigzag border. A potence-hole in the pillar-plate. Riveted potence and riveted counter-potence. Engraved decoration around the verge aperture.
MAINSPRING BARREL & SET-UP:
Gilt-brass barrel with dovetailed cap and riveted steel hook. Two holes for gut-line attachment. Ratchet and click set-up mounted on the potence-plate.
FUSEE & STOP-WORK:
Gilt-brass fusee with gut-line and English stop-work.
Three wheel train of gilt-brass wheels, the second and contrate wheels with three crossings. The second and contrate pinions and arbors show signs of being replaced.
ESCAPEMENT & BALANCE:
Verge escapement, the crown wheel probably not original. Verge and balance modern. Long oval balance cock mounted on a stud on the potence-plate but also screwed-on. Table and foot pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage.
DIAL & HAND:
Copper dial pinned to pillar-plate. In painted enamel around the outside the white enamel chapter-ring has Roman hours I-XII and elaborate-dot half-hour marks surrounding an inner circle produced by uncovering the metal except for small bars at the hours. The dial centre has a polychrome painted enamel scene showing a sacrifice/execution A man lies over a small altar. Standing over him is a king or priest wielding a sword/knife. Holding the man's hand is a woman who appears to be about to kill herself with a knife which she holds in her right hand. The central hour hand is now missing.
circular gold/gilt-brass? and painted enamel case with hinged lid. The inside of the case decorated with a pastoral scene showing a coastal path, two boats on the sea, people, sheep and trees. Around the band various scenes are painted. One shows a man leading a woman on a horse away from a burning castle. Two others show boats on the sea. The outside of the case back shows a sea battle. A single warrior has borded a ship from a small boat which carries four men. On the ship the warrior fights a defender over the bodies of dead soldiers. In the sky a bird carries a red and ermine cloak. The inside of the lid is painted with a landscape with a mounted rider and walking figure in the foreground. The outside of the lid is engraved with a scene showing three soldiers in masks carrying off two women. Dead bodies in the background suggests that this episode follows a battle. The hinge block is inscribed 'HIST.D'APIAN'. Gold and painted enamel pendant with loose ring.
- Production date
Diameter: 52.20 millimetres (case)
Thickness: 19.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Photograph CW 2-12 shows the watch with a hand.
Bibliography: Develle, LES HORLOGERS BLESOIS, pp.121,295-299.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
London Society of Antiquaries, 1849, by Octavius Morgan.
Archaeological Institute, 6th Jun 1862, by Octavius Morgan.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number