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Watch: PW.34-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Verge watch in gilt and enamel case. Forgery, marked 'Breguet a Paris'

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Breguet A PARIS'. Balance bridge with pierced table having eight spokes and scroll at outside, polished steel coquette. Brass balance. Silver regulator dial, engraved 'A' and 'R'. Plain fusee cock. Edge of back plate engraved with rope pattern. Turned fusee iron post, polished steel conical case bolt, in slot in case, spring under dial with push piece in slot in plate. Adjustable potance. Counter-potance with polished steel end piece and adjusting screw. Pillar plate with four turned pillars with one ring towards pillar plate, centre wheel recessed, third wheel bar. Joint riveted to pillar plate. Pillar plate stamped, on pillar side '8577', under dial face stamped 'AB F S'. Fusee and chain, set-up click under dial, one lip on barrel. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, counter enamel inscribed '3', three feet. Minute circle of short lines, quarter marks of upright Arabic figure, 5 minute marks of dots, vertical Arabic chapters, winding hole at 2 o'clock.

HANDS: Brass arrow hour, fleur-de-lis hour.

CASE: Gilt brass with enamel back. Scene of couple standing, the man reading a sheet of paper with the woman leaning on his shoulder. Blue border and inner arch. Gold wire under glaze. Inside stamped 'ETON,' '8577', and five pointed star over incise 'PB'. Scratch marks 'Lggu 4 Ek/-' or 'L9904 Ek/-'


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

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1820

Components of the work

Dial, Back Of Case composed of enamel ( white, on copper)
Case composed of gilt brass Diameter 53.25 mm Height 67.5 mm Thickness 23 mm
Dial composed of copper
Movement composed of steel
Movement, Hands composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (back Plate) Diameter 43.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 45.25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 4 mm
Dial, Case

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Breguet A PARIS'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: AB conjoined

  • Text: 'AB F S'
  • Location: Movement, under dial face
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 'ETON,' '8577', and five pointed star over incise 'PB'.
  • Location: Case
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Marks
  • Text: 'Lggu 4 Ek/-' or 'L9904 Ek/-'
  • Location: Case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: PW.34-1923
Primary reference Number: 207303
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 9 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 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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