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Watch: M/P.42 & A-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Cabrier, Charles




Verge watch in enamel case

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'C Cabrier LONDON 3712'. Brass balance cock with winged table pierced and engraved, mask at neck, foot pierced and engraved. Polished steel coquette with faceted ruby end stone, pierced ruby in cock. Slide plate pierced and engraved, free form edge. Pierced fusee iron post. Adjustable potance screwed. Adjustable counter-potance screwed to top plate. Blued steel case bolt with flat decorated foot, nib riveted to bolt and projecting from side of movement. Pillar plate with four square section baluster pillars stamped 'C' next to fusee. Third wheel bar, which is a replacement with pierced jewels. Fusee and chain, tangent set-up under barrel with top lip only. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise

BRASS EDGE: Three feet, narrow radially chased border around recessed dial. Winding hole added.

DIAL: White enamel on copper with counter enamel. Radial Arabic 5 minute figures, ladder minute ring with three dots at hours, radial Roman chapters, inner ring. Winding hole at 3.30.

HANDS: Gold Louis XV style.

INNER CASE: Polychrome painted enamel on gold. Band with six cartouches with curved pillars and urns on top between, cartouches of sea scenes in sepia, between blue land scenes. Back painted with scene of the embarkation of Chariclee. Inside painted with radial pattern with masks in sides. Gold band added to opening, to support movement. Pendant attached to case by engraved oval plates, riveted together with pins, which partially covers a scene of ships. Plain split bezel. Cylindircal pendant, cheese shaped top with applied rosette on top, stirrup bow.

OUTER CASE (A): Gold, cast with repousse decoration, glass back and front. Bezel fits into groove in body, no closing clip. Opens in reverse sense to ordinary, ie. hinge is on the right when looking at dial.

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century-19th Century
1770 CE - 1850

Components of the work

Fusee Post composed of iron
End Stone composed of ruby
Dial, Inner Case composed of enamel
Dial composed of copper
Inner Case, Hands composed of gold
Movement composed of silver steel brass (alloy)
Outer Case Bottom composed of glass
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 31.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 32.25 mm
Movement (brass Edge) Diameter 34.75 mm
Inner Case Diameter 42 mm Height 53.25 mm Thickness 22.75 mm
Outer Case Diameter 51.75 mm Height 58 mm Thickness 27.5 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6.5 mm
Brass Edge
Movement, Inner Case

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C Cabrier LONDON 3712
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.42 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 207173
Watch number: 3712
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Audit data

Created: Monday 30 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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