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European Pocket Watches

Stock#: 22781

DESCRIPTION: 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

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Stock#: 22181

DESCRIPTION:Joseph Antram, London, an early 18th century silver and leather covered pair cased pocket watch, key wind and set, gilt, full plate movement with Egyptian pillars, pierced and engraved silver balance cock incorporating the letters "GR" into the cock foot, Tompion regulator and decorative blued steelwork, the top plate signed "Jos. Antram Watchmaker to His Majesty GR London 661" with verge escapement and three arm brass balance in a silver pair case, the outer case covered with textured leather decorated with pique pins and lined with pink silk, roman numeral white enamel dial with arabic five minute markers, blued steel beetle and poker hands, serial #661, 51mm, c1715.
CONDITION:CASE: Outer case very good, missing two pins; Inner case with fine scratches and fine pin pricks; Crystal with scratches. DIAL: An early replacement; Very good. HANDS: Very good. MOVEMENT PLATES: A few minor marks and scratches; Movement catch and screw with a few spots of minor oxide. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) .
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500

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Stock#: 22772

DESCRIPTION:Theodore Marie Leroy, Paris, an extremely rare and possibly unique precision pocket watch with experimental balance, 20 jewels, stem wind and pin set, gilt bar movement with counterpoised lever escapement, unusual, cut bimetallic balance, the balance rim made up of alternating prismatic sections of brass and steel, gold timing screws and wolf's tooth winding in a sterling silver, hinged back and bezel, engine turned, open face case with Jurgensen lips and cuvette marked "Th. Leroy Constructeur De Chronometres 88 Rue De Varenne Paris" and roman numeral, single sunk white enamel dial, plum colored steel spade and whip hands, 50mm, c1880.
CONDITION:CASE: Band with flat spot; Numerous dings and pin pricks; Scratches on outer surface of case; Fine scratches on inner surface of case; Engine turning with moderate wear; Bow with minor distortion; Polish residue; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Hairlines in enamel, light, 12:00 to center; Tiny flake at edge above 12:00. HANDS: Minor oxide, minute. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor dings, scuffs and scratches on plate; Small spot of corrosion; Bright work with minor patches of oxide; Concentric scratches on barrel and center wheel. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) , would benefit from service. Theodore Marie Leroy (1827 - 1899) studied watchmaking under Simon Vissiere, and later worked for both Winnerl and Breguet. He was a very skilled watch and chronometer maker, and was appointed "Horloger de la Marine" in 1859, the same year in which his son, the celebrated Louis Leroy was born. It is interesting to note the similarity between the balance in this watch, and the patent balance of Charles Vander Woerd. While the Woerd balance patent specifies that the prismatic laminae are to be approximately one sixth of the circumference of the balance diameter, with the bimetallic portion located at the fixed ends of the rim, the Leroy balance uses the prismatic laminae for the full length of the rim. The "Reports of the United States Commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition 1878" discuss Woerds new balance on pages 412 - 414, and it seems plausible that Leroy's inspiration came from this account.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500

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Stock#: 22815

DESCRIPTION:Patek, Philippe & Co., Geneva, for Jahnke Bros., Richmond, Virginia, a man's gold pocket watch, 18 jewels, stem wind and set, adjusted to 6 positions, temperature and isochronism cotes de Geneve decorated nickel bar movement with counterpoised lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, gold timing screws and Wilmot micrometric regulator in an 18 karat, yellow gold, hinged back and bezel open face case, the back with monogram and the cuvette engraved "Walter Buckner Richmond Va.", arabic numeral, outer red 5-minute markers single sunk white enamel dial, gold Louis XV style hands, serial #163472, 46mm, 79.8g TW, c1915.
CONDITION:CASE: Small, shallow dents; Dings and pin pricks; Scratches on outer surface of case; Marring on inner surface of case back; Fine scratches on cuvette; Crystal with edge chips; Crown worn; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Dial with multiple hairlines, more severe cracking at 5:00. HANDS: Good. MOVEMENT PLATES: Scratches and minor spotting on plate; Burrs on top of balance cock; Bright work with scattered specks of oxide; Small gouge at crown wheel bridge screw; Screw slots with marring. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks), low balance amplitude, needs service.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $2500

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Stock#: 20376

DESCRIPTION:Henri Louis Matile Fils, Locle, for E. S. Ettenheimer & Co., Rochester, N.Y., a man's large gold pocket watch, 21 jewels, key wind and set, damascened nickel bar movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, gold jewel settings, gold timing screws and gold wheel train in a heavy, 18 karat, yellow gold, reeded edge, engine turned hunting case with retailer's details engraved on gold cuvette and roman numeral, double sunk white enamel dial, plum colored steel Breguet style hands, serial #8197, 57mm, 163.1g TW, c1880.
CONDITION:CASE: Fine scratches on outer surface of case; Scratches on cuvette; Engine turning with moderate wear; Front cover hinge sticky; Rear cover snap worn; Bow worn; Pusher cap worn; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Spider hairlines, very faint, dial center. HANDS: Good. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Minor spotting; Screw heads with marring at slots; Lever and escape wheel endstone settings with minor marring. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) . Henri Louis Mathey exhibited precision watches at the U.S. Centennial Exhibition, and won the 1877 Neuchatel timing contest, category C, for a lever chronometer. This watch demonstrates the firm's ability to produce fine lever watches.
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $1800

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Stock#: 22178

DESCRIPTION:William Kipling, London, an early 18th century silver pair cased pocket watch, key wind and set gilt full plate movement with pierced and engraved balance cock, Tompion regulator and decorative blued steel work, and verge escapement, in a silver pair case, the outer case back engraved "John Wilson Stainmoor" and silver, roman numeral champleve dial with arabic five minute markers, blued steel beetle and poker hands, serial #1304, 55mm, c1730.
CONDITION:CASE: Outer case with old repairs; Outer case with numerous small, shallow dents; Fine scratches on surface of outer case; Inner case with numerous dings and small dents; Inside of inner case abraded; Outer case hinge worn; Bow replaced. DIAL: Dial now with red soft enamel between numerals, otherwise very good. HANDS: Oxidation. MOVEMENT PLATES: Scratches on plate; Small amount of solder residue at center of balance cock; Case catch screw replaced; A few screws with specks of oxide. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) .
ESTIMATE: $1400 - $1800

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Stock#: 22253

DESCRIPTION:Carbonnier a Lausanne, an early 18th century pair cased verge pocket watch, the gilt full plate movement with pierced and engraved balance cock and regulator plate, pierced Egyptian pillars, Tompion regulator, and decorative steel work, roman numeral silver champleve dial with arabic five minute markers, the center with foliate scrolls, cartouches and winged mask, blued steel beetle and poker hands, 58mm, c1710
CONDITION:CASE: Outer case with dents and dings; Inner case with shallow dents and dings; Inner and outer cases with fine scratches; Pendant with bushing; Pendant reattached to case; Bow replaced. DIAL: Fine abrasion. HANDS: Minute hand replaced. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor marks and scratches on plates; Upper balance staff bushing replaced; Balance cock and regulator plare screws replaced; Some screws and movement catch with minor oxide. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Not running, good staff, needs service.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1000

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Stock#: 22205

DESCRIPTION:Louis Audemars, Brassus & Geneve, a precision lever pocket watch with helical balance spring, 21 jewels, stem wind and lever set, cotes de Geneve decorated nickel plate movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, gold jewel settings, gold timing screws and shepherds crook counterpoise, now in a sterling silver, screw back and bezel open face case, with roman numeral, single sunk white enamel dial and plum colored steelspade and whip hands, serial #12636, 57mm, c1870.
CONDITION:CASE: Not original to movement; Minor dings; Fine scratches on outer surface of case; Crystal with minor scratches; Bezel absent; Bow replaced; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Fine scratches on dial; Seconds bit loose. HANDS: Oxidation, minute. MOVEMENT PLATES: Fine scratches on plate; Fine scratches on bright works; Fine scratches on winding wheels; Dirty, oily. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) .
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600

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Stock#: 22254

DESCRIPTION:S. Trevillion, London, a mid 18th century, shagreen covered pair cased verge pocket watch, gilt full plate movement with pierced and engraved balance cock, Tompion regulator, square baluster pillars, and decorative blued steel work, gilt case with shagreen cover decorated with brass pique pins, roman numeral white enamel dial with arabic five minute markers, gilt hands, serial #819, 50mm, c1760
CONDITION:CASE: Outer case with wear to covering and loss to gilding; 12 pique pins missing; Inner case with shallow dents, minor scratches and losses to gilding; Crystal absent. DIAL: Faint hairline, 10:00; Minor scratches. HANDS: Replaced. MOVEMENT PLATES: A few minor scratches on plates; Regulator plate screws replaced; Balance cock screw with minor loss to blue. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) .
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600

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Stock#: 22367

DESCRIPTION:Switzerland, for S. Smith & Son Ltd., London, a silver split seconds chronograph, 17+ jewels, stem wind and pin set, gilt plate movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance in a sterling silver, hinged back and snap bezel open face case, the back engraved "Presented To The Tooting B.C. By Members & Old Members 1949" and roman numeral, double sunk white enamel dial with thirty minute register, blued steel spade and whip hands, serial #24047, 49mm.
CONDITION:CASE: Band with tiny flat spot; Case back with tiny dent; Dings and pin pricks; Fine scratches on outer surface of case; Very fine scratches on inner surface of case; Crystal with fine scratches; Bow with wear; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Minor losses to signature, otherwise very good. HANDS: Very good. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Steel work with fine scratches; Small patch of oxide on balance endstone setting; Some screw heads with minor marring. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) . COMPLICATION FUNCTION: Functions properly.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500

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