The Duke of Northumberland's silver cased 8-day travelling 'Goliath' watch, circa 1895.
Large and heavy silver 'crystal' (flat glass) case, the rear cover numbered 171020 inside and beautifully engraved with the English aristocratic family crest of the Dukes of Northumberland, as is duplicated on the front of its travelling case. Pale gilt movement with glazed rear cover showing the mainspring and bearing the Swiss Patent stamp 6279+497. Detached lever escapement. Enamel dial in perfect original condition, bold blued-steel hands matching the hour numerals on the dial. 69 mm diameter and weighing 260 grams gross. Together with its original green velvet and silk lined black leather box with easel stand, the silver front to the case carrying English hallmarks for London 1897 and its importers Henry and Albert Batson, London - see Culme.
Swiss Patent No 6279, Class 64, Feb 1893: Charles-Edouard Jacot et Edouard Bovet, Chaux-de-Fonds. Montre a longue marche a barillet contentrique avec indicateur de developpment du resort et remontoir par le pendant.
Charles-Edouard Jacot, working in la Chaux-de-Fonds and le Locle, with offices in America after spending much of his early life there as a watchmaker, where he took out numerous patents. He returned to Switzerland around 1870 and continued his innovative work as well as promoting attempts to improve the quality of items produced by the Swiss watch industry. He died in 1897.
Henry George Percy (1846-1918), 'Earl Percy,' becoming the 7th Duke of Northumberland in 1899. A Conservative politician who served under Benjamin Disraeli, amongst others, he moved to the House of Lords in 1887. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, President of the Board of Governors of Durham University, later becoming its Chancellor, as well President of the Guildford Agricultural Association, etc. This watch will no doubt have been an important part of the luggage that accompanied his frequent travels.
The watch with wonderful provenance and in fine original condition, showing some signs of use, but no real faults and in much better condition than most Goliath watches that are seen, as well as being solid silver rather than plated - the best I have handled. The outer traveling case also in good condition but with some old repairs to its folding rear easel stand. Not cleaned by me and priced accordingly, but appears to be working well.
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