New MARKWICK MARKHAM, London. No 418

MARKWICK MARKHAM, London. No 418

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Beautiful quarter-repeating movement in fine condition, circa 1720.

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Fullplate fusee movement with interesting pillars, the silver cock with glazed table surmounted by a decorative jewel (now lacking), the quarter-repeat work complete and nicely finished. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, original 2 1/4 turn balance-spring. Original and complete brass-edge with 'wheat ear' engraving, but no dial or pulse-piece. Complete with nicely made silver inner 'box' and bezel restoration ready for completion. Movement 42.5 mm diameter, inner case 47.5 mm diameter.

James Markwick, recorded in Baillie as an "eminent maker" and in partnership with Robert Markham at this period. Markwick was made Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1720, dying in 1730.


NB: This is a beautifully finished repeater of the period which fully lives up to Baillies' description of the makers and should not be confused with the later Turkish market watches bearing the fake names of Markwick and Markham in various combinations.


In fine condition, noting those parts which are lacking, and the silver inner well worth the effort of completing and casing. Not cleaned by me and all rather dirty but will tick when wound, the repeating train complete and operating the hammers but the train not free running. Restored and with a suitable jewel mounted on the cock, this would become a fine example of the partners work.


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