Fine and rare 8-day box chronometer from this famous firm, circa 1870.
Beautifully figured 3-piece mahogany box retaining the original named and numbered ivory plaque, now increasingly often removed by auction houses afraid of confronting the cites ban on modern ivory - being pre-1947 in date, it is not illegal and should never be affected. Double frame reverse-fusee movement retaining much of the original spotting and its balance-shield mounted on the sub-frame, which are often lacking on 8-day machines for some reason, and with cap jewels on balance (diamond) and escape. Fully developed Earnshaw type spring-detent escapement with single piece footed detent with gold passing-spring. 10-turn blued-steel balance-spring with Arnold’s terminal curves. Signed and numbered silvered dial with seconds at 12 and state-of-wind indication at 6, with what appear to me to be the original full set of blued-steel hands. Box 20 cm square.
Paul Philip Barraud, Cornhill, London, one of the pioneers in the retailing of box chronometers. Seemingly undeterred by the failure of his association with William Howells and George Jamison in the manufacture of Mudge-type chronometers, Barraud continued to retail some of the best work of the period before starting his own chronometer manufacturing, this being a fine example of the firm's own work. See also the book on Paul Philip Barraud and its Supplement by Cedric Jagger, the latter in which this chronometer is noted.
A fine 8-day chronometer from this firm in unusually good original condition, never having been 'restored,' just properly serviced and the box lightly polished ready for use. Cleaned and guaranteed.
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