Gold pair-cased half-quarter repeating watch by Simon Decharmes

Made:
1700-1725 in London

Early eighteenth century gold pair-cased watch, by Simon Decharmes. Both gold cases are pierced and engraved, the outer engraved with the monogram ‘EB’ and a ducal coronet. Gold champleve dial, with central plaque signed 'Ducharmes, London'. Steel tulip shaped hands. Verge escapement movement with half-quarter repeating work. Movement signed ‘S. Decharmes London’.

Decharmes became a free Clockmaker in 1691. This watch was presented to the Clockmakers' Company by the clockmaker Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy in 1849. Clockmakers' Museum No. 78.

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3146
Materials:
bell metal, brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, gold (metal), silver (alloy) and steel (metal)
Measurements:
outer case: 54 mm x 56 mm x 26 mm,
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers