Lot No. 519 (92nd Auction)
Markwick Markham, London, Movement No. 2054, 85 mm, 453 g, circa 1800

A very fine, heavy verge coach watch with quarter hour self strike for the Ottoman market
Case: silver, the back side florally engraved, around the edge open work decoration, florally engraved bezel and pendant, large lateral hinge, rear bell. Dial: enamel, radial Ottoman numerals, signed, blued Poker & Beetle hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, applied florally engraved ornaments, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, square baluster pillars, three-arm steel balance, very finely engraved pierced balance cock.

James Markwick & Markwick Markham
James Markwick and his son James were both fine watchmakers and worked in London. The elder was apprenticed on 25 June 1656 to Richard Taylor, and subsequently to Edward Gilpin. He became free of the Clockmakers' Company on 6 August 1666. Six apprentices were bound to him between 1674 and 1699. In 1673 he succeeded the business of Samuel Betts behind the Royal Exchange. Although he held office in the Clockmakers' Company, he was irregular in attendance, ceasing to tend to its affairs after 1700. He worked until at least 1706. His son, James Markwick Jr., became free of the Company in 1692 by patrimony. The younger James Markwick was an eminent maker, Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1720 and a very early user of jeweled bearings. In later years he was in partnership with his son-in-law Robert Markham, who succeeded him using the trading name of Markwick Markham, which became famous for watches destined for the Turkish market. Not only did this notoriety encourage the appearance of spuriously signed watches, but at the end of the century Markham, or his successor, associated the names of other watchmakers with their own products intended for the East. The makers thus found associated are: Francis Perigal, Peter Upjohn, H. Story, Borrell, John Johnson, Louis Recordon, Dupont. All were reputable watch-makers in their own right, selling other products under their own names.
Estimate  7,500 - 9,500 €

Price Realised  10,000 €
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