Lot No. 46 (99th Auction)
Jacob et Scharf à St. Nicolas, Movement No. 131, 165 x 170 x 165 mm, circa 1860

A fine small ship's chronometer with 2 days power reserve
Case: mahogany. Dial: silvered. Movm.: brass movement, 72 mm, chain/fusee, spring detent escapement according to Thomas Earnshaw, bimetallic chronometer balance with 2 weights and 4 screws.

Frédéric-Bruno Scharff (Scharf) was born in 1824 in Dresden and started his apprenticeship with Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes in 1838. Around 1848 he moved to Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont and married a daughter of watch- and clockmaker François Legrand. He won a gold medal for his chronometer at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867; other renowned makers such as Dumas und Vissière also received gold medals. Scharff died in 1896.

From the 1860s on Scharff worked with Jean-Aimé Jacob . Jacob was born in 1793 in Sisteron and started training in Paris in 1813, among others with Pierre Louis Berthoud and Jean François Henri Motel, and eventually in the workshop of Breguet. After 1840 he established his own workshop in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont. Jacob died in 1871 in Dieppe.
Estimate  4,500 - 6,000 €

Price Realised  4,400 €
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