PERIGAL London. No 1496


Good quarter-repeating movement by this famous Huguenot family of watchmakers, circa 1770.

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Capped fullpate movement with elaborately pierced and engraved balance cock and slide plate, only the cap named and numbered, the 'English-style' plunge repeat work under the dial. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. 36 mm diameter, 16.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Perigal: probably John Perigal - see the recent (2015) booklet by Nicollete Reichhold The Perigal and Duterrau watch and clockmakers. See also the watch by Jno Perigal, No 1465, ex Atkinson collection and now in the Ashmolean Museum collection (on the Ashmolean website) that is misidentified as being by Francis Perigal for some reason I just cannot understand - 18th century English watch caps are never interchangeable and any attempts to marry them to another movement can always be seen. The museum also fails to include a single image of the movement preferring to concentrate solely on the case and what they describe as  probably a married dial. Oh dear!

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 dial and hands, all rather dirty but appears to be complete. Not cleaned by me but will tick if pressure is applied to the train, but the repeating train is seized. This movement came to me with an associated enamel dial which I am happy to include with the movement. Sold as not working and needing at least a service to operate correctly.