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Lot No. 310 (95th Auction)
Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, London, Werk "aaia", 55 mm, 183 g, circa 1852

A heavy half quarter repeating gold pocket watch of high quality with duplex escapement with ruby roller and temperature compensation
Case: 18k gold, reverse side with family crest and motto "Nil Desperandum"("Never Despair"), case maker's punch mark "FM" (probably Frederick Samuel Matthews of Clerkenwell, entered 11 July 1843). Dial: enamel, off-white. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, 2 gongs,temperature compensation for balance spring, steel ring balance.

Justin Vulliamy of Swiss origin, Justin Vulliamy settled in London early in the 18th century, becoming associated with Benjamin Gray, of Pall Mall whose daughter he married and with whom he was in partnership from 1730 to 1775, carrying on the business after Gray’s death. Gray was clockmaker to George II, and the Vulliamy family held the office of clockmaker to the reigning sovereign until the death of Justin’s son Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy in 1854.
Estimate  8,500 - 12,000 €
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