William Post, London Bridge, 44 mm, 84 g, circa 1760
A rare gold enamel pocket watch with unusual movement bracket, front regulation and matching gold enamel chatelaine Case: 18k gold, polychrome enamel, faceted rock crystal glass. Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, English lever escapement.
The movement is fitted to the case by four lugs on the pillars. There is no sign of a hinge or a locking device ever having been fitted to the movement. Likewise there is no evidence of any alterations to the case. On the dial, the arbor for regulating the movement sits at "12", with the shaft passing through the centre of the mainspring barrel arbor. The back of this beautiful pocket watch is decorated with translucent cobalt blue enamelling on a lavishly engine-turned background, framed by a light blue and white geometric patterned border. A faceted rock crystal glass protects the white enamel dial. The matching chatelaine has three parts and panels of various sizes, engine-turned with translucent cobalt blue and light blue/white enamelling. A white carnelian signet with engraved, flamed column and motto "À La Vérité" (To The Truth), a small watch key and two tassels are attached to the main panel.
William Post , London Bridge is recorded active before 1727 and as member of the Clockmakers' Company in 1766.
Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 €
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