Edward Tomlin, London, Movement No. 9582, 49 mm, 105 g, circa 1764
A fine pair-cased verge pocket watch with outer "repoussé" case "The Wedding of Alexander and Roxana" Case: outer case - 22k gold, florally engraved, repoussè decor, five-piece lateral hinge. Inner case - 22k gold, polished, case maker's punch mark "DP" (David Pullin). Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, signed, pierced hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, applied florally engraved and pierced ornaments, frosted, gilt, chain/fusee, baluster movement pillars, signed, three-arm steel balance, engraved pierced balance cock with mascaron, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Edward Tomlin Edward Tomlin first worked in Bartholomew Lane, north of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and then from 1770 until 1798 in 69 Threadneedle Street, Royal Exchange. Tomlin was a member of the Clockmakers' Company from 1768 to 1781; he was known for his superb pocket watches as well as for his clocks. One of his bracket clocks is illustrated in "English Domestic Clocks" by Cescinsky & Webster (London, 1914); two of Tomlin’s musical clocks are owned by the Peiping Museum and the Science Museum in Kensington holds a cylinder pocket watch by Tomlin.
The Wedding of Alexander and Roxana Roxana was the daughter of a Sogdian noble (in today’s Uzbekistan). Legend has it that she was the only woman Alexander ever truly loved. He made Roxana his wife after seeing her dance at a banquet; the marriage secured peace between Europe and Asia. Source: Was Bilder erzählen by H. Krauss/E. Uthemann, Munich 1987, p. 169.
Estimate 3,200 - 4,000 €
Price Realised 3,800 €
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