Pocket Watches

Quarter repeating pocket watch with music movement

    Quarter repeating pocket watch with music movement

    Austria, Vienna

    circa 1820

    Metal, steel, glass, enamel; engraving, guilloche, painted enamel, gilding

    Diameter 56.5 cm, 136 gr

    Hallmarks on the lid inner side, crown and ring: letters in rectangle "AB"; “A 4" with the figure between them - in the octagon

    A gentleman's decorative quarter repeating pocket watch in a gold-plated case with three lids and a key. A dial is closed with a convex glass lid. There is an image of the interior of the polychrome painted enamel and automaton in the form of onlayed gilded figures of musicians with instruments and a drawing boy. The automaton is accompanied by a tune. A white enamel dial with hours and minutes’ designation by Arabic numerals, with two shaped hands is above. A polished oval medallion is on the guilloche case lid. Hallmarks are on its inner side. The automaton switching lever is on the case rim. On the cover that covers the clock mechanism, A matte surface with three apertures for winding of the watch, automaton and hands setting with engraved images of arrows showing the direction of the key rotation. The watch movement is balance, with a cylinder stroke, a spring mechanism, an escapement regulator with a hand and an engraved scale. There are hallmarks on the crown and circle. Key in the form of a mace with a polyhedral head, a conical neck and a rod with a square cross-section.