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Watch: M/P.75 & A-1913

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Maker: Lepine, Jean Antoine




Lady's cylinder watch in gold enamelled case set with pearls, with chatelaine en suite.

MOVEMENT: Cock and bridge movement, barrel/centre bridge engraved 'Lepine A PARIS No. 270.' Plain balance cock engraved with regulation scale with 'A' and 'R' at ends, bell shaped end with bell shaped hole, polished steel regulator friction tight on boss of cock. Polished steel coquette. Gold balance. Third and fourth wheel cock, barrel and centre brdige engraved as above, escape cock under balance. Central plate with turned casing dial (?) and lip. Plate with holes for spring (barrel), balance, centre, third and fourth pinions, recess under dial with polished steel case bolt and spring and bottom plate. The bottom plate is flat, with barrel arbour and centre pivots. Bar for third fourth escape, and balance pivots, common polished steel coquette for balance and escape pivots. Plate stamped '2583'. Fixed mainspring. Cylinder escapement. Train planted clockwise.

DIAL: Gold, two feet. Dot minute ring, four dots at 5 minutes, radial Roman chapters, engine turned centre and rings outside chapters and minute ring. Winding hole at 3 o'clock. Back scratched 'H.F.S' over '1005', secured by screws in side of central plate.

HANDS: Blued steel Breguet type.

CASE: Gold enamelled and set with pearls. Body, back with outer ring of thirty-six pearls set in gold, centre engine turned, and enamelled in translucent grey enamel. Bezel, outer ring of thirty-five pearls set in gold. Pendant plain gold sphere on cone, top stamped '2583' over '2'. Bow gold, plain stirrup bow, one end with eligible stamp.

CHATELAINE (A): Clip stamped with two marks, a three-sided punch with fish inside, and a oval, with cross lines at ends, punched with "C" (?) inside. Paper label inscribed 'No. 192 40/-/-'. Gold clip plaque, oval with pierced pearls pinned to outside. Plaque enamelled with white line at edge around engine turned, with star, with translucent grey enamel. Centre applied star of set pearls, three chains to lower round plaque with pierced pearls pinned to outside, plaque centre engine turned with gray translucent enamel. Drops, a bell enamelled and with twisted gold wire drops and 'Breguet' type key. A bell shaped oval cut seal, oval ring of dots around stylised lovers knot. Centre chain to safety hook.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1765 CE - Circa 1780

Components of the work

Case, Chateleine composed of pearls
Case, Chatelaine composed of enamel
Case, Dial composed of gold
Movement, Hands composed of steel
Movement (centre Casing) Diameter 26.5 mm
Movement (centre Plate) Diameter 27.5 mm
Movement (over Cock And Plate) Diameter 4.25 mm
Case Diameter 48.75 mm Height 61.25 mm Thickness 18.75 mm
Chatelaine Length 180 mm Width 25.75 mm
Movement (centre Thickness) Thickness 3 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Lepine A PARIS No. 270.'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'H.F.S' over '1005'
  • Location: Dial
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: '2583' also appears on the movement

  • Text: '2583' over '2'
  • Location: Case
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Number
  • Text: three-sided punch with fish inside
  • Location: Chatelaine clip
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Import mark
  • Text: oval, with cross lines at ends, punched with "C" (?)
  • Location: Chatelaine clip
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 'No. 192 40/-/-'
  • Location: Paper label
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.75 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 207242
Gem catalogue no.: 746
No.: 270
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 3 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 30 March 2016 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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