James Vigne, London, Movement No. 745, Case No. 745, 51 mm, 136 g, circa 1766
An extremely rare and excellent pair cased gold enamel verge pocket watch with quarter repeater "à toc" Case: outer case - 22k pink gold, decorated in translucent dark blue enamel, foliate pattern and a centred large "R" below the crown of an Earl; Greek key pattern around the bezel and edge of the back. Inner case - 22k pink gold, engraved dedication: "The Gift of Sam Weeley Esq to Kitty March", rear bell. Both cases bearing the maker's mark "DA" (Daniel Aveline, 1709-1772). Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, dust cover, three-arm gilt brass balance, balance bridge with unusual profile mask at the base, chatoned diamond endstone.
Daniel Aveline , 1709-1772, recorded as a watch case maker in Denmark Street, St Giles in the Fields, freeman of the Clockmakers Company in the 1768. His mark is often found on fine gold cases, many of them decorative, containing movements by the best English watchmakers of the period. His will is held at the National Archives in Kew.
The initial "R" below the heraldic crown of an Earl may indicate the watch was made for the Earl of Radnor . The earldom was created for a second time in 1765 (The year before this watch was made) when William Bouverie, 2nd Viscount Folkestone, was made Earl of Radnor. Earl of Radnor is a title which has been created twice. It was first created in the Peerage of England in 1679 for John Robartes, 2nd Baron Robartes, a notable political figure of the reign of Charles II. He was made Viscount Bodmin at the same time. Robartes was the son of Richard Robartes, who had been created Baronet in July 1621 and Baron Robartes, of Truro, in the Peerage of England in 1626. All three titles became extinct on the death of the fourth Earl in 1757. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Radnor, as of 09/27/2016.
Estimate 9,000 - 12,000 €
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