Antoine Thiout, a Paris, an early 18th century "Oignon" pocket watch, key wind and set, gilt full plate movement with verge escapement, pierced and engraved balance bridge and Egyptian pillars, contained in a brass open face case, the white enamel dial with blue enamel roman numerals on faux raised cartouches, and peripheral arabic five minute markers, blued steel beetle and poker hands, 57mm, c1725.
CONDITION: CASE: Minor dings and shallow dents; Very fine scratches on outer surface of case; Front and back with small holes at joint, likely for pins to secure an early outer leather covering; Pendant slightly loose; Bow replaced. DIAL: Filled loss around winding hole and at case catch; Hairline at winding hole, cluster of hairlines at catch; minor loss and a few short hairlines at edge, 10:00; Minor scratches. HANDS: Replaced. MOVEMENT PLATES: Dings and scratches on plate; Pillars, wheels, balance bridge and other components with fine abrasion; Some screws replaced; Coqueret with fine abrasion and minor pitting; Will run after applying pressure to train, needs service. Antoine Thiout (1692- 1767) is probably best known as the author of "Traite de Horlogerie Mechanique et Pratique", the two volume tome being an important reference on 18th century clock and watch making. A rare, early timepiece by this important maker.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $1300