Victor Kullberg, 105 Liverpool Road, London, Movement No. 3811, 167 g, 54 mm, circa 1884
A very fine deck watch with 36h power reserve indicator. Case: 18k gold, tiered, polished, monogrammed "CH", 18K gold dome, case maker's punch mark "EW". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds at "9", blued spade hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed: "Diploma of Honour, Vienna Exhib.n 1873, The Gold Medals, Paris 1867, Havre 1868, Naples 1871 & Trieste 1871", two crowned punches for "Maker to the Admiralty" and medals 1860, 1862 and 1864, moulded pillars, chain/fusee, optionally keywind or crownwind, spring detent escapement according to Thomas Earnshaw, gold escape wheel, gold train, gold screw compensation balance, freesprung blued helical balance spring, diamond endstone on balance, chatoned ruby endstone on escape wheel.
Victor Kullberg Victor Kullberg was born at Visby on the island of Gothland, Sweden in 1824 and was apprenticed to a chronometer maker in 1840. On the completion of his training he was employed by Louis Urban Juergensen in Copenhagen, but was attracted to Britain at the time of the 1851 Exhibition. In Britain he remained as a maker of marine and pocket chronometers to which he brought several innovations. From 1860 onwards, thanks to the high quality of his machines and the efficiency of his new forms of auxiliary compensation, he consistently scored ratings in chronometrical competitions throughout the world and was awarded numerous gold and silver medals. With an international trade and reputation he was appointed chronometer maker to the Swedish and Norwegian navies in 1874 and, about a machine entered for the Greenwich trials of 1882, the Astronomer Royal reported that it was 'the finest chronometer they had ever had on trial'. Although unmarried, Kullberg had two sons. On their father's death, 7 July 1890, they jointly inherited the business with his nephew Peter John Wennerstrom. After the death of the nephews, Wennerstrom and his son bought out the other interests in the business. Subsequently it was continued by Sanfrid Lindquist and survived until the 2nk Wold War during which its premises were destroyed. Source: Paul M. Chamberlain "It's about Time", New York, page 435-437.
The gold case was produced by case maker Edgar Wilkins, who registered his mark on October 8, 1883 and had his business at 3 Upper Charles Street, Northampton Square in Clerkenwell; he later moved to 17 President Street, King Square, Clerkenwell, where he was recorded as a case maker from 1897 until 1899.
Estimate 8,500 - 11,000 €
Price Realised 10,500 €
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