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Watch: M/P.77 & A-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown
Case maker: Unknown




Lever watch in multi-colour gold case, enamelled and set with diamonds.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement scratched 'no 16693'. Balance bridge pierced and engraved, quartered design. Polished steel end piece with domed, light ruby end stone, and blued steel screws. Brass balance. Silver regulation dial engraved 'AVANCE' and 'RETARD', plain blued steel pointer. English jewelling to escape wheel. Plate scratched as above. Turned fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt, curved angled end, nib under dial. Cock, on pillar plate, for bottom pivot of balance and lever. Pillar plate with four plain turned pillars, centre wheel recessed. Third wheel bridge (dial not removed). Fusee and chain, set up under dial, barrel with one fine lip. English lever escapement with jewelled pin. Train planted anti-clockwise.

HANDS: Gold, serpentine with heart shaped ends.

DIAL: Gold, raised edge over pillar plate, pinned into edge of plate. Engraved outer ring, line minute ring with diamond shapes at 5 minutes. Polished radial Roman chapters on matt background, inner polished ring, centre straight line engine turned (not removed).

CURVETTE: Plain with winding hole having anti-clockwise arrow engraved around it. Five marks caused by drilling of holes in back of case (?)

CASE: Multi-coloured gold set with diamonds. Cast (?) bezel, body and back. Bezel and back with applied flowers, all one colour. Bezel with ten small set diamonds. Body, one colour, floral frieze. Back with floral pattern, with outer ring having ten small set diamonds, ring of ten larger set diamonds, a further ring of five set diamonds around central set diamond. Spherical pendant with raised pattern, cast (?) round bow with a cast (?) raised pattern.

CHATELAINE (A): Multi-coloured gold. Pierced, hinged, clip with triangular maker's stamp 'AP' with standing bird between, second mark of uneven outline, but mark at bottom poor (?) animal head facing right (?). Paper label on back of clip, at top, inscribed 'CV / 362 / 52 10 0.' Top multi-coloured gold, plaque with outer drops on rectangular pierced link chain. Cast silver gilt (?) watch key with two diamonds set on each side. On end of left and cast silver gilt (?) seal with uncut agate (?) stone, to right. Centre drop of two plaques, same size and shape of decoration in centre of top with bar with safety hook for watch, three chains between each of three circular links.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1800

Components of the work

Chatelaine composed of silver gilt ( possibly) gold Diameter 47 mm Length 130 mm
Fusee Post composed of iron
Case, Watch Key composed of diamonds
End Stone composed of ruby
Hands, Case, Dial composed of gold
Movement composed of steel brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 34 mm
Movement (pillar Plate Casing Dial) Diameter 35 mm
Case Diameter 41.75 mm Height 48.25 mm Thickness 15.75 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 2.75 mm
Movement, Curvette

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: second mark poor

  • Text: 'AP' with standing bird between, second mark of uneven outline, (?) animal head facing right (?)
  • Location: Chatelaine
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 'CV / 362 / 52 10 0.'
  • Location: Paper label
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.77 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 207244
No.: 16693
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 3 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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