Lovely Breguet-style quarter repeater, with Lord Paget/Battle of Waterloo provenance.
Large 2-piece engine-turned gold case hallmarked 1808, casemaker's stamp FC (Frederick Comptesse), the rear cover engraved with the Paget Coat of Arms and motto: PER IL SUO CONTRARIO. Breguet-style full-plate dumb quarter-repeating movement, the sprung cap signed in full for the maker. Ruby cylinder (dead-beat) escapement with Breguet-style compensation-curb mounted on the index. Signed convex enamel dial with gold collet at the winding hole, original blued-steel Breguet-style hands. 58.5 mm diameter.
Louis Recordon, Charing Cross, London, successor to Josiah Emery, and London agent for the best Paris made watches and movements by A-L Breguet, J-A Lepine, etc, and supplier of many fine watches to the Gentry and Royal Family - many are recorded in the horological literature.
The Crest is for for Henry Lord Paget (1768-1854), 1st Marquess of Anglesey (in 1815), later Earl of Uxbridge. Much can be found about him but one claim to fame is that he lost his leg alongside Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo - at which he was almost certainly wearing this watch. His amputated leg became a tourist attraction in Belgium while the saw used for the amputation can be seen in the National Army Museum, London. The loss of his leg did not hamper his career and, with the help of an artificial leg, Paget went on to become a Field Marshal and Knight of the Garter, twice serving as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Master-General of the Ordnance
Light engine-turning showing some wear and some old edge cracks and local repairs to the edge of enamel dial. Otherwise in fine original condition. Serviced and guaranteed.
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