Oval crystal-cased verge watch with outer case and ribbon with miniature and locket by A Senebier
Crystal oval shaped watch by A. Senebier, with a protective outer case covered in shark-skin, and a ribbon with an enamel miniature of Charles I attached. On the reverse of the portrait, between a skull and a crown, is the date of his execution ‘C.R. Jan. 30. 1648’. Also attached to the ribbon is a lock of hair contained inside a crystal locket, and a gold charm in the shape of a lyre.
The faceted crystal of the watch case is set in an engraved gilt-metal rim. The gilt dial is engraved with flowers, with the chapter ring applied as a silver disc, with an engraved lake scene in the centre. The fusee movement has a three-wheel train and ratchet wheel set-up. The balance cock was originally pinned-on. Geneva c.1630
Was this watch once the property of a Royalist in exile? The miniature of Charles I and the date of his execution on the reverse alludes to this idea. The hair within the locket is reputed to be that of the King’s, although this claim has never been substantiated.
Clockmakers' Museum No. 18
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- brass (copper, zinc alloy), enamel, gilt brass, gold (metal), rock crystal, sharkskin, silk and steel (metal)
watch: 45 mm x 30 mm x 20 mm,
outer case: 55 mm x 42 mm x 22.5 mm,
- Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
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