A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 40455, Case No. 40455, 54 mm, 132 g, circa 1897
A decorative Glashuette hunting case pocket watch in quality 1A sold in 1897 for the sum of 516 Marks to the tobacco manufacturer Arnold Crüwell Case: 18k pink gold, glazed movement, monogrammed. Dial: enamel. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, gold screw compensation balance.
Arnold Crüwell (1847-1935) worked in his grandfather's tobacco company since 1864 and was made partner in 1879. His management led the company to become one of the most important tobacco companies in the German Reich, which produced tobacco products until 1983. The historical Crüwell house in the old part of Bielefeld still houses a shop that specializes in fine tobaccos today. The pocket watch, which is in excellent condition, was – according to the engraving on the cuvette – a gift presented to Arnold Crüwell on his 50th birthday on November 23, 1897. The front cover is decorated with the monogram AC, the back shows an exquisite engraving of the grand emblem of the Crüwell family, whose name has been recorded (in varying spelling) since the 14th century. It shows the special forks that were used to turn the flax on the field and were called "Kreuel" in German – symbolizing the peasant roots of the family as well as the similarity of the name.
Estimate 6,500 - 8,000 €
Price Realised 6,900 €
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