Donne & Son, Birchin Lane, Cornhill, London, Movement No. 1959, Case No. 1959, 53 mm, 134 g, circa 1913
An English precision hunting case pocket watch with 30 hour power reserve Case: 18k gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, gold screw compensation balance, freesprung blued balance spring.
Lewis Donne (1840-1918) was the third descendant of a family of clockmakers carrying on business in 1785 in Lamb’s Conduit Passage, Red Lion St, WC. He first of all worked at Dents, Royal Exchange, City, as a watchmaker (BHI 1867). His whole life was devoted to high class chronometer work. He was awarded many diplomas in Great Britain and India and became a liveryman of the Clockmakers and Turners companies. For many years he was a BHI Council member. He took out many patents for improvements in watches and clocks. Source: Tony Mercer "Chronometer Makers of the World", Colchester, England, 1991, page 133.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 €
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