Nicole, Nielsen & Co. / Henry Lewis, 172 New Bond St., London, Movement No. 10880, Case No. 10880, 51 mm, 149 g, circa 1896
An extraordinary, heavy minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with chronograph and calendar formally belonging to great nephew of Samuel Pepys: Lord Chancellor Kenelm Charles Edward Pepys, 4th Earl of Cottenham (1874 - 1919) Case: 18k gold, polished, tiered, the front cover with a polychrome enamelled coat of arms and banner: "mens cuius que is est quisque" ("As the mind of each, so is the man"), the motto of Kenelm Charles Edward Pepys, 4th Earl of Cottenham (1874 - 1919), case maker punch mark "EN" (Emil Nielsen partner in Nicole, Nielsen & Co., entered 6 August 1878, 14 Soho Square), pusher for chronograph at "6", slide for repeating mechanism. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, 20 min. counter, rectangular aperture for day, date and month, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, finely ground and bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, raised barrel, English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, fine florally engraved balance cock.
A fine example of late 19th Century English watchmaking. One of the more complex movements made by the firm of Nicole Nielsen with the rare inclusion of an unusual form of calendar. Nicole Nielsen manufactured for many of the eminent watchmaking firms in the second half of the 19th Century. Some were also retailed in other countries such as Australia and America, Tiffanys being one of their principal customers.
Kenelm Charles Edward Pepys, 4th Earl of Cottenham (1874 - 1919) He succeeded his father in 1881 (ref. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, p.588). He was the great nephew of Samuel Pepys the 17th Century diarist.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work, and his talent for administration to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and subsequently King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalisation of the Royal Navy. The detailed private diary Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Pepys, as of 03/02/2015.
Estimate 23,500 - 27,000 €
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