DescriptionA Dutch Silver-Cased Verge Pocket Watch with Balloon Motif to Dial, late 18th century
Marks to movement: Jan Van Der Swelling, LEYDEN, 20
2-3/4 inches high x 1-7/8 inches wide (7.0 x 4.8 cm) (including pin)
Bonhams, Fine Ballooning Art: The Property of a Gentleman, 16 December 1991, Lot. 64 (in part);
Acquired from the above.
The pocket watch having exterior case comprised of Dutch silver repousse frame with allegorical scenery, interior case housing verge escapement with porcelain dial to face with Roman numeral hour divisions and Arabic numeral minute divisions, face depicting townsfolk observing two balloons in flight.
The illustration to the clock face depicts Andre Jacques Garnerin's parachute exploits over London on September 21, 1802.
Inner case shell with rubbed English silver marks. Exterior case apparently unmarked.
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.
Lot is without key. Clock face dates to circa 1802 hain pin to case of later vintage exhibiting solder marks to interior case and marked for English sterling content, flaking to porcelain dial at catch release, light pitting to exterior case frame near pin opening, some contact rubbing to interior case, glass with some errant scratching, with wear commensurate with age and use. Heritage does not guarantee the working order or completeness of watch mechanisms.
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