Pocket Watches

Mechanical pocket watch with a quarter repeater and jacquemarts

    Mechanical pocket watch with a quarter repeater and jacquemarts

    Switzerland, Geneve

    Сirca 1820

    Esquivillon & Dechoudens Francois (?)

    Gold, enamel, glass, metal alloys; painting, embossing, guilloche

    5.5 x 1.5 cm

    On the case lid: "25197"


    Enamel dial with a steel plate in the centre with raised appliqué details in varicoloured gold depicting a blacksmith's shop. The composition shows appliqué pieces depicting a wall (or a bridge) with an arch span. A planter flanked by cherubs is at the wall top. Below, in the arch span, are the figures of the blacksmith at the anvil and his helper fanning up flames in the furnace with his bellows. When the repeater is released, it sets in motion the cherubs' arms that strike the bells, and the smithie's arm that strikes at the anvil, his helper's arm fanning up the flames and the tongue of the flame in the hearth. There is a sliding lever on the case of the watch, opposite numeral 10, stopping the repeater.

    The movement with a balance wheel, verge escapement, spring with fusee, a quarter repeater on gongs, with the key to wind the watch and set the hands.