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Watch: M/P.13-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Verneaux, Francois Claude Clement
Case maker: Fouche, Jean-Baptiste
Case maker: Alaterre, Julien




Verge watch in gold consular case.
MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Verneaux A PARIS NO. 1604' Balance bridge pierced and engraved, pattern includes 'V', 'E' and 'R', polished steel coquette. Brass balance. Silver regulator dial, radial Arabic numbers 1 to 7 with 'A' and 'R' at ends. Engraved cock for fusee pivot. Engraved top of counter-potance. Back plate has square hole for balance with engraved corners and curved line along sides. Turned fusee iron post. Adjustable potance. Counter potance with adjustment screw and polished steel end plate. Polished steel case bolt, with conical end, sliding in pillar plate, nib under dial. Pillar plate with four turned pillars, sunk centre wheel. Third wheel bar with double cock for pivots under dial. Dial side with central recess, scratched 'L. E. Coutlemond'. Fusee and chain, set up click under dial. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper with gilt edge. Radial Arabic quarters outside ladder minute ring with dots at 5 mins., radial Roman chapters, inner ring. Winding hole, with gold bush, at 2 o'clock.

HANDS: Polished gold, heart end.

CASE: Gold consular body, bezel and body edge chased with symmetrical designs, back with ring of blue translucent enamel over enging-turning, gold stars in enamel and engine turning under, inside and outside enamel ring, with ring of small white enamel blobs, centre of chased flowers. Inside back stamped with Paris charge and discharge marks of sous-fermier Jean-Baptise Fouche and Wardens mark for 1777, makers stamp of a 6 petal flower over 'JA' over 'A' in fitting recess. Pendant stamped with discharge mark of sous-fermier Julien Alaterre. Body edge scratched '364 sx/sx/-'. Back fits into groove in body

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1777

Components of the work

Dial composed of enamel ( on copper) copper
Fusee Post composed of iron
Dial Edge composed of gilt
Hands, Stars composed of gold
Movement composed of steel
Balance composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 34 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 35.25 mm
Case Diameter 43 mm Height 54.5 mm Thickness 20.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 4 mm
Bezel, Back

Techniques used in production

Engine turning

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Verneaux A PARIS NO. 1604
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: L. E. Coutlemonde
  • Location: Dial
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Owner's mark

Inscription present: Mark of Jean-Baptestire Fouche

  • Location: Case, inside back
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Discharge mark
  • Location: Case, inside back
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Warden's mark
  • Text: 6 petal flower over 'JA' over 'A'
  • Location: Case, pendant
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 364/sx/sx/-
  • Location: Case edge
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.13-1913
Primary reference Number: 207152
Watch number: 1604
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Audit data

Created: Monday 30 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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