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Reference Name LCNUG : 1927/2566 (2563)

A pair case gold watch on a chatelaine, given by Sir Richard Arkwright to his daughter upon her marriage. The chatelaine has two keys, a seal and two decorative 'bells'.

gold 1/4 dumb repeater with chatelaine; all decorated with transparent blue and white enamel; chatelaine not marked; 2 keys one enamelled; seal is bust of man in wig; all blue enamel on engine turned background; enamel on outer damaged at 9 o/clock bezel only; case secret button at 3 o/clock; mark 8 point star over G.M. Lions head, no date letter; inner case marked as above with M (1787); high dome flat centre glass; dial Roman hours, Arabic minutes 5, 10; gold bettle and poker hands; complete chatelaine and watch approx 87 inches long; gilt dust cover with apertures for wind and regulator set and dial (incl pointer) polished steel slide, no marks; movement signed Arl Dobson, London 1794; normal English verge style escapement repeater; fusee and chain, no maintaining power; set up under barrel; fusee chain unhooked; naked pinion; rep steel escapement wheel; flat endstone in blue piece; pierced regulator plate; dial plate bayonet fitting to movement; strikes on gold blocks soldered inside case

Physical Dimensions:

  • object length: 17.3 cms
  • inner case diameter: 4 cms
  • outer case diameter: 4.9 cms

Material: brass, gold, enamel & steel

Condition: good

Quantity: 1

Completeness: complete

Inscription: Arl Dobson / London 1794

Period: 18th Century

Production Place: London, UK

Person:

watchmaker: Dobson, Arl

Commentary: A pair case gold watch on a chatelaine, given by Sir Richard Arkwright to his daughter upon her marriage. The chatelaine has two keys, a seal and two decorative 'bells.' All including the outer case of the watch are enamelled in transparent blue on an engine turned surface, with white and gold edging. The watch has a high dome flat centre glass. The dial has Roman hours and an outer ring of minutes in Arabic numbers, with gold bettle and poker hands. The watch is a normal 'English' verge-style escapement quarter dumb repeater, with full plate movement driven by a fusee and chain to a cylinder.

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