Lot No. 29 (99th Auction)
A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 17106, Case No. 17106, 52 mm, 146 g, circa 1887

A heavy Glashuette minute repeating pocket watch with chronograph manufactured in quality 1A, sold on 03/30/1887 to Julius Heinzel in Lodz for the sum of 2000 Marks - with certificate of the watch museum Glashuette and a copy of the Lange & Soehne records
Case: 18k pink gold, applied monogram and crown. Dial: enamel. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, gold screw compensation balance.

The certificate issued by the watch and clock museum in Glashütte lists the handsome sum of 2,000 marks for this chronograph with minute repeater, which was delivered to the Julius Heinzel company. This was, however, not a jewellery or watchmaking business but belonged to Polish industrialist Juliusz Jozef Heinzel Baron Hohenfels , a member of the emerging middle class in Lodz; Heinzel and many of his peers sought to establish a kind of aristocratic lifestyle for themselves by collecting art and building the grand town residences that even today shape the character of the town.
The Heinzels were a German Catholic family who had moved to Lodz after the so-called November Uprising 1830/31. Their son Juilusz Josef was born in 1834 and would later manage his father’s weaving mill. When he married Paulina Volkman, the daughter of a member of the weaver’s guild in Lodz, her dowry enabled him to establish his own weaving mill. The business was so successful that he was awarded the hereditary title of "Manufaktur-Sovetnik", which honoured the successful factory owner but was not a title of nobility. To lend even more class to his reputation and his wealth, Heinzel eventually bought Castle Hohenfels in what was then the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld for the sum of 100,000 roubles; from 1891 on he bore the title of Baron Hohenfels.
Estimate  27,000 - 35,000 €

Price Realised  45,000 €
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