Fine mid-18th century London verge showing strong continental / Huguenot influence.
Gold pair case, the inner 'box' with maker's stamp WB (possibly William Bricker, see Priestley), hallmarked London 1748, the original leather covered and pinned outer with gilt-metal rims and joint. Typically flamboyantly engraved fullplate fusee movement of the period with fine Ellicott-style fancy pillars, the beautifully pierced and engraved cock with shell motif at the neck of the table. Verge (recoil) escapement, with brass balance and spiral balance-spring. Beautiful signed enamel dial, the original pierced gold hands of English, not Swiss, manufacture and quality. 49 mm diameter.
Charles Cabrier, famous watch and clock maker, apprenticed to his father (also Charles) in 1719, becoming Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1757.
The input of Huguenot skills and design into Geneva and London fundamentally changed the art of watchmaking in both centres, this watch showing how such strong London connections worked together in producing some wonderful decorative and technical watches throughout the Georgian period.
In fine original condition, the outer case retaining its original black Morocco leather covering intact, along with all its pins and its original red silk lining. The movements itself is also in fine original condition with just a small and faint hair crack at the slot for the case catch and an edge chip at the 45 minute mark, neither of which detract from the beauty of the dial. Presently being fully serviced and sold with my usual guarantee.
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