BARRAUD & LUNDS, 41 Cornhill, London. No 3/2307


£ 3,950.00

Best quality keyless "presentation half-chronometer" with up/down by this famous firm.

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Heavy 18ct gold crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked 1876, casemaker HCD (Henry Charles Dewar, Clerkenwell), the rear cover retaining holes for key winding and setting at this date - this is original. 18-size three-quarter plate keyless fusee movement, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, and with hard brass bearing at the centre and for the fusee, with Barrauds "best fusee keyless work" having twin pushes for winding and hand setting. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Best quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts and English "fire-hardened and tempered" blued-steel balance spring with overcoil. Beautiful off-white signed enamel dial with state-of-wind indication at 12, blued-steel hands. 52 mm diameter.

Paul Philip Barraud and John Richard Lund, one of the leading London watch and chronometer manufacturers throughout the 19th century. See the book on Barraud and its Supplement by Cedric Jagger for extensive details of this important London firm, and also my reprint of their Illustrated Price List of circa 1900, copies of which are available on this website - this 'presentation' caliper of watch, shown on page 9, cost 67 guineas at the time.

Small hairline crack in dial, into the state-of-wind hole between 12 and 1, otherwise a fine example of one of the most beautiful designs of English pocket watch - a personal favourite of mine. In lovely original condition, the case with no previous dedication or engraving. Serviced and guaranteed.