Lot No. 394 (91st Auction)
Tiffany & Co., New York / Geneva, Movement No. 18294, Case No. 18294, 53 mm, 166 g, circa 1888

A minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with split seconds chronograph
Case: 18k gold, polished, à goutte, gold dome with presentation engraving: "Ten Eyck Wendell Sept 14th 1889", pusher for chronograph at "2" and via crown, slide for repeating mechanism. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, nickel-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, finely ground, bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, signed, gold screw compensation balance, counterpoised lever.

Tiffany & Co.
In 1874 Tiffany & Co. started a watch factory in Geneva, which lasted about 4 years (low production). Patek, Philippe & Co. assumed the management of their Geneva watch business. The watch machinery was returned to America.
Lit.: Gilbert, Engle, Shugart "Price Guide to Watches 2007", Mount Pleasant, USA, page 549.

The Wendell family descents from Evert Jansen Wendell, who came to America from Embden in 1640; he is mentioned in the early records of the province New Netherland located on the East Coast of the country. Evert Jansen Wendell settled and became the founder of a distinguished family that is now one of the oldest families in the State of New York.
Ten Eyck Wendell was born at Cazenovia in 1857; in 1880 he graduated as B.A. from Yale and received the degree of LL.B. in 1882 from Columbia College Law School. Ten Eyck Wendell had a country home in Cazenovia but was also an avid traveller; he was a member of the Union and St. Nicholas clubs.
Estimate  10,000 - 15,000 €
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