Lot No. 523 (92nd Auction)
Eardley Norton, London, Movement No. 29159, Case No. 29159, 57 mm, 132 g, circa 1780

An English pair-cased quarter repeating verge pocket watch
Case: outer case - 22k gold, polished, à goutte, large outer hinge. Inner case - 22k gold, florally engraved and pierced band, signed and numbered movement protection cap, rear bell, pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, signed gold spade hands. Movm.: fine full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, signed, applied florally engraved ornaments, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, solid round movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, very finely florally engraved and pierced balance cock, diamond endstone on balance.

Eardley Norton was, in his time, a renowned and famous maker who produced complicated astronomical and musical clocks as well as pocket watches; many of his timepieces are in museums today. Some of his clocks have been signed "Yeldrae Notron", which is his name spelled backwards - it is possible that this was intended to distinguish them as a kind of second quality. King George III bought one of Norton’s astronomical clocks and it is still in Buckingham Palace, together with a similar piece by Christopher Pinchbeck. Norton was active from around 1760 to 1794, when his workshop in St. John Street was taken over by Gravell & Tolkein. They did business there until at least 1820.
Estimate  2,900 - 3,900 €
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