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Watch: M/P.104 & A-1913

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Du Tertre




Verge watch in an enamelled fish-shaped étui, with the watch set in the head.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Du Terte A Paris'. Balance bridge pierced '4C' and engraved, brass end piece, brass end stone. Brass balance. Chased fusee end cock and counter-potance. Silver regulator, scale engraved 1 to 7. Plain blue steel hand. Rectangular fusee iron post. Adjustable potance. Counter-potance with polished steel end piece. Polished steel case bolt in slot in plate, conical end, nib under dial. Pillar plate with four five sided baluster pillars, sunk centre wheel. Third wheel bridge, dial not removed. Fusee and chain, set-up click under dial, barrel with one lip. Verge escapement. Train planted clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel, domed, on copper, two feet. Line minute ring, thick lines at 5 mins., vertical Arabic chapters, plain centre. Winding hole at 4 o'clock.

HANDS: Gold, Breguet type.

CASE: Gold enamelled and set with diamonds. Fish-shaped étui with white enamel scales outlined in gold and decorated with coloured enamel dot and gold. Head two-layer white enamel panels with green mouth and gills, set diamond eyes, pearl set nose. Gills hinged and open to reveal watch dial and back of movement. Body hinged, opening to reveal gold implements. Some implements have a maker's mark 'JiW' in rectangular cameo with chamfered corners and mark of dog's head, facing left, with 'A' at nose and '4' and neck, both unidentified.

STORAGE BOX (A): Dark brown leather covered box, tooled around lid, rectangular with curved top, hinged along long side, two catches. Inside covered in deep red velvet, base with shaped recess for fish.

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century-19th Century
1730 - 1850

Components of the work

Dial, Case composed of enamel ( copper)
Case composed of diamonds pearls Height 43 mm Length 120 mm Thickness 25 mm
Dial composed of copper
Hands composed of gold
Movement composed of silver brass (alloy)
Box, Inside composed of velvet
Box composed of leather Height 56 mm Length 140 mm Thickness 35 mm
Movement (plate) Diameter 23.5 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 24.5 mm
Movement (box) Diameter 25 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 3.75 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Du Terte A Paris'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: 'JiW', with dog's head facing left
  • Location: Case
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.104 & A-1913
Primary reference Number: 77465
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 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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