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Watch: M/P.14-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Larpent, Isaac
Maker: Jürgensen, Jürgen




Verge watch in gold and enamelled case.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'J. Larpent & Jurgensen a Copenhague 743'. Bridge cock pierced and engraved with four off 'C' designs, small polished steel coquette. Brass balance. Silver regulation dial engraved with 'A' and 'R'. Plain blued steel hand. Chased fusee cock. Plate scratched 'No 289'. Turned fusee iron post. Adjustable potance. Counter-potance with polished steel end piece and adjusting screw, screwed to plate. Case bolt, with conical end, in slot in plate, nib under dial. Pillar plate with four turned pillars with tapered end at pillar plate. Recessed centre and third wheel. Under-dial, centre recessed, stamped '743, six dots on hinge, scratch at edge '1 1/4 Klnig'? Fusee and chain, set-up ratchet under dial, barrel with one lip. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, three feet, counter enamel marked in white '743 no'. Outer radial Arabic 5 minute figures, dotted minute ring between light circles, three line 5 minute marks, radial Roman chapters, inner light circle. Centre marked 'Jac. Larpent' above centre and '& Jurgensen' under centre, both in straight lines. Winding hole at 1.30.

HANDS: Gold Louis XV type.

CASE: Gold and enamel consular. Bezel, with lip to project over body, chased and enamelled in white, blue, green and orange, flat scratched '1708 itx'. Body chased and enamelled as bezel and with ring of raised wire work. Polychrome painted enamel plaque on girl releasing dove above the flames of a cylindrical altar of love on the back, in a marbled enamel frame. Inside of back scratched '816 XLIV', '103 SL/-/-'. Plain pendant with stirrup bow. Top of pendant stamped on side, twice on front, with eagle's head facing right and two anvil marks opposite, top stamped 'J. A' in shaped stamped, placed diagonally. Short snake gold chain. Crank gold key (A) with oval enamelled handle. Straight gold ratchet key (B) with circular handle.

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Copenhagen ⪼ Denmark

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1913-06-05) by Smart, Frank Gray


18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1760

Components of the work

Dial, Case composed of enamel ( on enamel)
Dial composed of copper
Case, Hands, Keys composed of gold
Regulation Dial composed of silver
End Piece, Coquette composed of steel
Movement Hand composed of steel
Balance composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 33.25 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 34.75 mm
Case Diameter 42.25 mm Height 53.25 mm Thickness 18.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 3.5 mm
Chain Length 87 mm
End Piece
Movement, Case

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J. Larpent & Jurgensen a Copenhague 743
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: '1708 itx' '816 XLIV',' 103 SL/-/-'
  • Location: Case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: Eagle's head facing right, two anvil marks opposite, 'J. A'
  • Location: Pendant
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.14-1913
Primary reference Number: 207146
Movement number: 743
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Audit data

Created: Friday 27 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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