Arthur DINGWALL, London. No 173


Good English quarter-repeating movement, circa 1770.

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Capped fullpate movement with nicely engraved balance, both cap and movement named and numbered, the 'English-style' plunge repeat work under the dial. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely quality enamel dial in perfect condition, later gold hand. 35.5 mm diameter, 15.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Arthur Dingwall not recorded in Baillie, Britten or Loomes, but is listed as a 'jeweller' living in Sackville Street, in the 1784 Westminster Poll Book. My thanks to a keen researcher for telling me of this - much appreciated.

The quarter-repeating work in this watch, which Francis Wadsworh designated as the "English type" is the standard style of repeat work found in most English watches in the 18th century. It occurs at the same time as the Stogdon type, as used by George Graham and many who were associated with his workshop. Both are good systems if well made, as is this example, with its 'all-or-nothing' action and a 'surprise-piece' fitted to the quarter snail. See Wadsorth's important article in the December 1965 and March and June 1966 issues of Antiquarian Horology for more information.

Lacking hands and fusee chain, and the repeating train seized but complete. Not cleaned by me but will tick if pressure is applied to the train, and unusually with a perfect English enamel dial. Sold as not working but most likely only needing a service and a chain to operate correctly.