Lot No. 453 (91st Auction)
Thomas Parker, Philadelphia, Movement No. 86, 55 mm, 139 g, circa 1790

An extremely rare American pair-cased verge pocket watch
Case: outer case - silver, polished, à goutte, inner case - silver, polished, signed and numbered movement protection cap, case maker's punch mark "ID". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, spade hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, applied engraved floral decorations, signed, gilt, chain/fusee, solid circular movement pillars, three-arm steel balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

Thomas Parker (1761-1833)
Thomas Parker was a famous watchmaker and also an active Quaker and a member of the Abolition Society. Parker’s reputation as a clockmaker, and his participation in important community activities is well documented. He was the president of the Mechanics Bank, president of the Board of Managers of the Almhouse, and member of The Select and The Common Council.
He apprenticed for eminent makers David Rittenhouse and John Wood and therefore was trained by two of the best Philadelphia clock and watchmakers of the time. His working dates are recorded as 1783 to 1817 and he had his own shop in Philadelphia by 1783 at 13 South 3rd Street.
Parker maintained the State House clock and his regulator was regarded as the standard precision timekeeper of the time. His shop must have been impressive; when Meriwether Lewis was outfitting the instruments for the Corps of Discovery Expedition in 1803 (the Lewis and Clark expedition commissioned by President Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase), he was able to buy an Arnold gold-cased chronometer that Parker had in stock for $250.00, plus seventy-five cents for the winding key!
Source:​mas-parker, as of 05/28/2015.
Estimate  600 - 2,000 €
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