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Watch: M.103-1961

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Watchmaker: More, Jean Louis




Verge watch in mandolin form, gold and enamelled, case set with pearls.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Jn. Ls. More A GENEVE n 7558'. Balance bridge pierced and engraved, polished end piece with polished steel end piece and screws. Silver regulation dial engraved 'AVANC' and 'RETAR'. Plate engraved as above and scratched 'Wolf' (?). Turned fusee iron stop. Case bolt, polished steel with conical end, nib under dial. Adjustable potance. Counter potance with adjusting screw, inside contrate wheel arbour. Pillar plate with four pillars, slightly wasted, engraved edge, sunk centre wheel. Third wheel bridge. Under dial, slightly raised edge, stamped '4060' next to hinge block. Scratch marks '7558', 'SN' above '858' all inside a circle, and '50'. Fusee and chain, barrel with one lip, set-up ratchet under dial. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, three feet, counter enamel inscribed '60' (?). Ladder minute circle, dots at 5 mins. and 4 dots at quarters. Vertical Arabic chapters, lettered above 6 o'clock 'Jn. Ls. More / A.GENEVE'. Winding hole 1.30.

HANDS: Blued steel, Breguet type.

CASE: Gold and enamel, set with pearls, form case. Case in the form of a six string mandolin, fingering fret enamelled black with gold frets, body red translucent enamel over chased square design, green enamel leaves at bottom. Strings end in gold 'C' set with nine pearls. Edge of face with gold strip set with graded pearls. Glazed hole, slightly below centre, with edge of pearls. Body edge enamelled black with gold pattern and eight set pearls. Inside plain gold with maker's mark 'JM' in square cameo, 'A' in square cameo and shaped cameo with dog's (?) head, facing left, and 'A' next to its nose. Back of body hinged to reveal watch dial. Back enamelled in translucent blue over chased square pattern, centre with open music book, pages white enamel, on branch with green enamelled leaves. Inside plain gold.

Legal notes

Louis Colville Gray Clarke Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Geneva ⪼ Switzerland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1800

Components of the work

Case composed of pearls gold Height 71 mm Thickness 5.25 mm Width 27.5 mm
Dial, Case composed of enamel
Dial composed of copper
Movement composed of silver
Movement, Hands composed of steel
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 23.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 24.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 2.75 mm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Maker's name, place the watch was made, and number

  • Text: 'Jn. Ls. More A GENEVE n 7558'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: '4060'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Number
  • Text: '7558', 'SN' above '858' all inside a circle, and '50'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Marks
  • Text: 'JM' in square cameo
  • Location: Inside case
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.103-1961
Primary reference Number: 201823
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 10 June 2015 Updated: Monday 24 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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