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Lot No. 106 (91st Auction)
class=a1> Samuel & Robert Atkins, London, Movement No. 1841, Case No. 1841, 50 mm, 126 g, circa 1765
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class=a1> A very fine pair-cased verge pocket watch with "repoussé" decoration "The Continence of Scipio"
class=a1> Case: outer case - gold, Repoussé case, depiction of "The Continence of Scipio", engraved and chased volutes and scrollwork, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, polished, case maker's punch mark "PM" (Peter Mounier), signed and numbered silver movement protection cap, seven-piece hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, blued "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, applied florally engraved ornaments, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
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class=a1> The Continence of Scipio
class=a1> The Roman historian Valerius Maximus, writing in the first century AD, alleged that Scipio Africanus had a weakness for beautiful women, and knowing this, some of his soldiers presented him with a beautiful young woman captured in New Carthage. The woman turned out to be the fiancée of an important Iberian chieftain and Scipio chose to act as a general and not an ordinary soldier in restoring her, virtue and ransom intact, to her fiancé.
class=a1> Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scipio_Africanus, as of 02/04/2015.
Estimate  4,500 - 7,000 €

Price Realised  5,300 €
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