Estimate 1,800 - 4,000 €
Price Realised 3,500 €
a lot of the last auction!
Brass, gilt, decorated with rose tendrils and ribbons on all sides, trophies of war on the reverse side, openwork sides with oval grilles, engine-turned bezel, foliate and flower cast handle, four chased and engraved claw feet.
Silvered, engine-turned, gilt hands.
Rectangular brass full plate movement, keywind, 1 hammer / 1 bell, additional enamel alarm disc with radial Arabic numerals, 1 barrel for going train, 1 barrel for alarm mechanism, platform with lever escapement, screw compensation balance.
very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended.
Born in 1859, eldest son of a family of 14 children, Louis Leroy became familiar at a very early age with the art of measuring time. His father, Théodore-Marie Leroy, was an illustrious manufacturer of chronometers, Watchmaker to the Navy and decorated with the Légion d’Honneur. Aged barely 16, he submitted a much-discussed piece to the competition held by the Parisian Watchmakers Society. In 1879, he completed a year-long apprenticeship at a manufacturer’s in Clerkenwell in London and earned a reputation for eagerness, talent, curiosity and ambition. At the age of 20, he entered the House of Le Roy in London
before joining the Parisian workshops. His relationship with the managers rapidly took a special and indeed highly personal turn. He became an associate in the business in 1888 and finally took it over completely in 1889, changing the company name in the process to "Leroy & Co, formerly The House of Le Roy & Sons".