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Watch: M/P.25-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Vallier, Jean

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Description

Verge alarm watch, in gilt oval case.

MOVEMENT: Oval full plate movement engraved'Jean Vallier A Lyon'. Balance cock, pierced and engraved table with ears, foot pierced and engraved. Steel balance, with broken off verge. Slide plate pierced and engraved, silvar regulation dial, numbered 1 to 6. Oval top plate with engraved as above around the edge. Blued steel pierced set-up click, with missing ratchet. Line and corners engraved around rectangular escapement hole. Alarm winding square cut off and stop, wheel and pinion, missing. Fusee iron post rectangular with semi-circular profile. Brass case bolt and spring on dial plate, with steel nib on dial plate. Rectangular potance riveted to top plate, counter-potance screwed to underside of top plate. Alarm barrel pierced and engraved, screwed to top plate. Rectangular alarm potance engraved and riveted to top plate. Counter-potance screwed to underside of plate. Alarm contrate wheel missing. Pillar plate with four turned baluster pillars. Second wheel bar. Three rectangular holes for dial plate, two with latches, one with blued steel to secure crack in plate. Alarm release lever brass spring under dial, lever missing. Drive pinion missing from fusee. Split gut fusee, two lips on barrel with set up click on top plate. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise. Alarm, train missing, steel verge wheel with brass centre, verge and double headed hammer. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL PLATE: Gilt brass with four tabs for case, engraved with flowers, animals and foliage, border engraved on movement side. Niello work. Applied silver chapter ring with outer ladder minute circle, radial Roman chapters. Gilt brass alarm centre, radial Arabic chapters and blued steel hand at 12, centre engraved, square central hole.

HAND: Blued steel with pierced head and long tail.

BELL: MISSING

CASE: Oval gilt brass, straight pierced and engraved side with ribs front and back. Back, lid, and pendant gilt, engraved, and filled with wax. Turned gilt brass drop. Central glass, split at hinge, inside engraved with garland, cut into by glass aperture.

Notes

History note: No. 5, lot 2726 in Spitzer Collection Sale, April 1893

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Lyons ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1620

Components of the work

Case composed of wax ( filling) Height 85.25 mm Thickness 32.5 mm Width 48 mm
Dial, Case composed of gilt-brass
Fusee composed of gut
Movement, Dial composed of silver
Movement, Hands composed of steel
Part Of Movement composed of brass (alloy)
Movment (pillar) Height 11 mm
Movement (top Plate) Height 34.75 mm Width 43.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Height 37.75 mm Width 47 mm
Movement (dial Plate) Height 43 mm Width 51.75 mm
Case Drop
Dial
Movement, Case
Movement

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.25-1913
Primary reference Number: 207160
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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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