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Auction for teaching how to clone auctions / Thomas Tompion, London. A fine gold key wind pair case pocket watch London Hallmark for 1700

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Thomas Tompion, London. A fine gold key wind pair case pocket watch
London Hallmark for 1700
11 August 2022, 10:30 BST
London, New Bond Street

£8,000 - £12,000

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Thomas Tompion, London. A fine gold key wind pair case pocket watch

Date: London Hallmark for 1700
Movement: Gilt full plate fusee verge, winged pierced and engraved balance cock, silver regulation, tulip pillars, No.3139
Dial: Gold champlevé with signed central panel, black Roman numerals, black outer minute divisions and Arabic numeral 5 minute markers, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Case: Polished inner and outer pair, both stamped WS and numbered 3139
Signed: Dial & movement
Size: 51mm
Accompaniments: Associated shagreen outer case

Footnotes

Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) is commonly referred to as the father of English clockmaking and is undoubtedly the greatest Watch and Clockmaker of the 17th Century.

Born on the 25th July 1639 the son of a blacksmith, little is known of Tompions life before he was admitted to the Clockmakers Company on the 4th September 1671. From there he gained his freedom of the Company in 1674 and became Master in 1704.

His workshops were renowned and he had patrons in the highest levels of English society and with good reason. He has created some of the greatest clocks in the world and was one of the first to use balance springs in watches. He famously employed George Graham who married his niece and succeeded him in the company.

This watch is recorded in Thomas Tompion 300 Years by Jeremy Evans, Jonathan Carter and Ben Wright.

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