Hunt & Roskell, 156 New Bond St., London, Movement No. 13181, 48 mm, 103 g, circa 1880
A gentleman's quarter repeating pocket watch with date indicator Case: 18k gold, polished, engraved eagle surrounded by the motto "Sursum Corda" (lift up your hearts), gold dome, case maker's punch mark "JM" (John Martin, London). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds at "3", date indicator at "9", signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, frosted, gilt, chatoned, signed, 2 hammers/2 gongs, lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved balance cock.
Hunt & Roskell The manufactory of Hunt & Roskell was founded by the famous gold and silversmith Paul Storr. When Storr went into partnership with John Mortimer and John Samuel Hunt, he took up the retailing of clocks and watches in addition to his original business of selling gold, silver and jewellery in their New Bond Street shop. The partnership dissolved at the end of 1838, and Mortimer, J.S. and J. Hunt continued trading as Mortimer & Hunt at 156 New Bond Street. When Mortimer retired in 1843, he was replaced by Robert Roskell, and the company continued as Hunt & Roskell until it was bought by J.W. Benson in 1866. They had additional premises in Manchester and produced watches for the China trade as well as fine minute repeating watches and watches with spherically-sprung spring-detent tourbillons. Hunt & Roskell exhibited at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867.
Estimate 2,700 - 3,700 €
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