John Bittleston, London, No. 1638, Movement No. 1638, 95 mm, 516 g, circa 1780
A decorative paste-set double-cased coach clock with compass, calendar and stoppable centre seconds for the Chinese market Case: outer case - copper, gilt, case back with an enamel compass under glass, red and clear paste-set bezels, à goutte, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gilt, polished, case maker's punch mark "TH", numbered and signed movement protection cap, seven-piece hinge, lateral lever to stop the centre seconds. Dial: regulator dial, enamel, eccentric hour chapter ring with radial Roman numerals at "12", three subsidiary chapter rings for calendar, gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, firegilt, all-over profusely florally engraved, signed, chain/fusee, verge escapement, three-arm steel balance, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
John Bittleston worked at 207 High Holborn between 1765-1794 and was made a freeman of the Clockmaker's Company in 1781. He was known for his complicated extra large pocket watches and carriage clocks with additional displays and cases for the Chinese market.
Estimate 23,000 - 30,000 €
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