J. P. Kroese & Zoon, Amsterdam, 55 mm, 155 g, circa 1760
A very fine, rare pair-cased quarter repeating verge pocket watch Case: transport case covered with tortoiseshell, outer and inner case gold, richly florally pierced and engraved, inner case with portrait of the band manufacturer Johann Valentin Paltte from Dabringhausen and depiction of the castle Burg on the Wupper. Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, 2 hammers/1 bell, three-arm brass balance.
Extra care is recommended when holding this watch close to one’s ear while releasing the repeater – the bell has a ringing clear sound and is unusually loud! Movement, dial and all cases are in outstanding condition. The watch comes with a little card that dates from around the 19th century; it shows a signet with two stags and says on its back that the watch was originally worn by "Johann Valentin Platte auf D..edder", born 1762, died 1815.
In J.H. Baillie's "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World" is J.P. Kroese listed as having lived and worked in Amsterdam circa 1743 - 1775.
Estimate 4,300 - 5,800 €
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