Pocket Watches

Musical pocket watch with quarter repeating

    Musical pocket watch with quarter repeating

    Switzerland, Geneva

    Circa 1822

    Capt Henry-Daniel

    Gold, steel, blue-finished steel, glass, enamel; casting, mechanical work, painted enamel, guilloche, engraving

    Height 7.6 cm

    Inscription on the ribbon: “FATTI MASCHIPAROLE FEMINE”; on cuvette: “Musique”, “Aiguilles. Marks on the rear lid inner side: gold alloy “squirrel”, “rooster looking left”, “DD” in a lozenge; numbers: “4112” and “4”


    Mechanical pocket watch in round open face case, with polished pendant and ring. The case rear polished case features the image of a helmet, a ribbon with inscription and ornately shaped medallion with the initials “CAF”. The case rim is with diametric corrugation. Gilded ring dial with Arabic numerals in enamel cartouches for hours’ designation, minutes’ divisions on the external white enamel bezel and two blue-finished steel hands is under the spherical glass cover. Embossed ornament is between the cartouches and blue enamel inserts in the form of lozenges painted gold. The dial central part is guilloched; the image of Putti sitting on a lion with blue enamel arch above is in the bottom part. The musical movement switching on/off lever is on the rim, the stopping chime lever with the inscription “Silence” is on the bezel. Three apertures with pins for winding the watch, the musical movement and hands adjustment with the engraved images of hands and inscriptions: “Musique”, “Aiguilles” are on cuvette. The marks and number “4112” are on the rear lid inner side. The watch movement is with simple brass three-spoke balance, cylindrical escapement, quarter repeater and spring motor. Musical Sur Plateau movement with fusee and spring escapement.