Lot No. 317 (92nd Auction)
Stauffer & Co., London / Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Comp., London / LeCoultre & Co., Case No. 221872, 53 mm, 137 g, circa 1880

A fine, heavy minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with chronograph
Case: 18k gold, polished, signed gold dome, case maker's punch mark "CN" (Charles Nicolet). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, finely ground and bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, "Brevet", signed, gold screw compensation balance.

Stauffer & Co. / Stauffer, Son & Co.
Stauffer, Fils & Cie. was founded around 1830 by Robert Stauffer in La Chaux-de-Fonds. His son Jules Stauffer opened a London branch together with Francis Claude around 1857; it was called Stauffer, Son & Co. and its purpose was the sale of Swiss watches in London. After Jules Stauffer’s death in 1884 Claude entered a partnership with Charles Nicolet, who had been in London since the 1870s; before coming to London, Nicolet had attented the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds for three years. After the retirement of Francis Claude, Charles Nicolet took over management of the company in London and in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company
The firm was established in 1880 by William Gibson (d. 1913) and John Lawrence Langman (1846-1928). The firm participated to a number of national and international exhibitions, as Colonial and Indian Exhibition (London, 1886), Paris (1889), Chicago (1893), California (1894), Paris (1900) and Franco-British Exhibition (London, 1908).
Estimate  3,500 - 5,500 €

Price Realised  5,000 €
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