Samuel & Robert Atkins, London, Movement No. 1841, Case No. 1841, 50 mm, 126 g, circa 1765
A very fine pair-cased verge pocket watch with "repoussé" decoration "The Continence of Scipio"
Case: outer case - gold, Repoussé case, depiction of "The Continence of Scipio", engraved and chased volutes and scrollwork, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, polished, case maker's punch mark "PM" (Peter Mounier), signed and numbered silver movement protection cap, seven-piece hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, blued "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, applied florally engraved ornaments, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
The Continence of Scipio
The Roman historian Valerius Maximus, writing in the first century AD, alleged that Scipio Africanus had a weakness for beautiful women, and knowing this, some of his soldiers presented him with a beautiful young woman captured in New Carthage. The woman turned out to be the fiancée of an important Iberian chieftain and Scipio chose to act as a general and not an ordinary soldier in restoring her, virtue and ransom intact, to her fiancé.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scipio_Africanus, as of 02/04/2015.
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