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Watch: PW.5 & A & B-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown
Case maker: Bridges, Samuel (Possibly)




Verge watch in a triple case, possibly a Swiss forgery of Julian Le Roy (of Paris). Made for the Turkish market.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Ju Le Roy A Paris n 14815.' Balance bridge pierced and engraved, polished steel coquette. Steel balance, with pin projecting from edge for banking. Silver regulation dial with Turkish markings and 'A' and 'R', with the pointer missing. Plain foot of counter-potance on plate. Turned fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt with conical end, in slot in plate. Adjustable potance. Counter-potance with polished steel end piece with adjustment screw. Pillar plate with four five sided baluster pillars with turned reverse tapers to top plate. Centre wheel recessed, third wheel bar. Under dial stamped '14185' and scratched '1/3' at hinge. Fusee and chain, set-up click under dial, one lip on barrel. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, convex, three feet, counter enamel lettered 'G.B' in black. Radial Turkish 5 minute figures, ladder minute ring, radial Turkish chapters. Scalloped recessed centre covered in gold with chased flowers with green enamelled leaves and red enamel dots in flowers, two white enamel cartouches with black lettering 'Jn. LE ROY' udner 12 and 'A. PARIS' above 6 o'clock.

HANDS: Blued steel hour only, broad cross at end.

INNER CASE: Plain, London HM 1776, case maker's mark cameo 'SB', rectangle with chamfered corners and stamped incuse 'J', a winding hole blocked off about 4 o'clock. Pendant HM 1776 letter and lion, cameo maker's mark 'TI' in rectangle. Scratch marks '?' above 'W/W-', all scratched out.

OUTER CASE (A): Silver, engraved on bezel and back. Inside body with 'London HM 1776', maker's mark cameo 'SB' in rectangle with corners chamfered, also incuse 'A'. Scratch mark '69119' near pendant. Bezel 'London HM 1776' and lion only.

PROTECTIVE CASE (B): Both covers covered with painted horn, imitation of tortoiseshell, fixed by pins. Silver ring fitted into case so that the outer case fits.


History note: Unknown before S.G. Perceval (1838-1922)

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1776


The inner case of the watch may have been made by either William Cooper of Lamb Court, Clerkenwell Green, or William Ginn who was free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1700. The movement was not by Thomas Tompion although his name is engraved on it.

Components of the work

Case (B) composed of paint ( imitation of tortoiseshell) horn
Dial composed of enamel ( on copper) copper
Movement composed of iron steel
Cases composed of silver
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 40.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 40 mm
Inner Case Diameter 48.25 mm Height 64 mm Thickness 24 mm
Outer Case Diameter 58.75 mm Height 68.75 mm Thickness 25 mm
Protective Case Diameter 69.75 mm Height 74.25 mm Thickness 30 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 6 mm
Movement, Case (A)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Maker's mark SB

  • Location: Inner and outer case
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: 14185
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.5 & A & B-1923
Primary reference Number: 207274
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 8 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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