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Watch: M/P.98-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Maystre, Jean Jacques (Probably)




Very small ring watch.

MOVEMENT: Skeleton movement, not named. Balance cock, steel plate over table, two plain feet, all not gilt, mounted on barrel, no regulator. Brass balance, oversprung. Barrel and fusee bridge chased. Plate skeletonised and chased, two clear areas and holes for the original balance bridge Turned fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt with conical end, in slot in plate, nib under dial. Cock on pillar plate for cylinder. Pillar plate with three pillars, two for plate and one for barrel bridge. Centre wheel recessed. Third wheel bridge. Under dial, centre recessed, scratched on edge 'Maystre' and 'Maystre a G' in centre; 'guavo' over '1785'. Hinge of gold. Fusee and chain, one lip on the barrel, set up click under the dial. Cylinder escapement, brass wheel and steel cylinder. Train planted clockwise.

DIAL: Silver engine turned with black line minute ring, dots at 5 mins and triangles at quarters, radial Roman chapters, scratched on back 'Sidney' over '25 mi 1829'. Winding hole at 2 o'clock. Secured by screws at 3 and 9 o'clock.

HANDS: Blued steel 'Breguet' style, minute hand end missing.

CASE: Gold ring and diamonds. Watch case body and bezel chased, bezel set with ring of diamonds and three over ring stem. Body with glazed back, diamonds over Y junction to stem. Ring stamped 'ET' in cameo on outside at back.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century-19th Century
Circa 1770 CE - 1830

Components of the work

Movement composed of iron brass (alloy)
Bezel, Mounts composed of diamonds
Movement, Case composed of gold
Dial composed of silver
Movement, Hands composed of steel
Case Bottom composed of glass
Case, Across Ring Depth 16.5 mm
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 14 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 15 mm
Case Diameter 17.75 mm Thickness 11 mm
Case, Ring Diameter 24 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 1.75 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ET
  • Location: Case ring
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.98-1913
Primary reference Number: 207265
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 8 December 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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