David-Henri Elffroth & Cie à Genève, Case No. 756, 47 mm, 50 g, circa 1840
A gentleman's very fine, thin gold enamel pocket watch with aristocratic portrait, probably of Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the elder brother of Prince Albert, later consort of Queen Victoria Case: 18k gold, finely florally engraved edgings and bow, the back cover with polychrome enamel medallion, miniature portrait of a noble man in dress uniform within a blue and white champlevé enamel border painted by "C. Loup", signed and lavishly decorated gold dome. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance.
Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Ernest II (21 June 1818 – 22 August 1893) was the second sovereign duke of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, reigning from 1844 to his death. Ernest was born in Coburg as the eldest child of Ernest III, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his duchess, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. Fourteen months later, his family would be joined by one brother, Prince Albert, later consort of Queen Victoria. Ernest's father became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1826 through an exchange of territories. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_II,_Duke_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha, as of 01/30/2014.
Estimate 2,500 - 4,000 €
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