Large, top quality Regency repeater by this famous London firm, with provenance.
Heavy gold barrel-edge case hallmarked London 1820, casemaker FH (Frederick Humbert), the rear cover with discreet Crest in the centre, the half-quarter repeating work of best English (Rippon) quality. Typical Vulliamy fullplate movement with Harrison's going fusee, narrow nosed cock and beautifully pierced and engraved slide plate covering the hidden second signature on the top plate, as often used by this firm. Duplex escapement, flat steel balance with compensation-curb. Spiral balance-spring with the screw held stud being another sign of this firm's quality of work. Substantial solid gold dial with matted centre, matching blued-steel hands. 55 mm diameter. Together with its lovely fitted early brass inlaid rosewood box with sliding lid.
Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, holder of the Royal warrant ‘Watchmaker to the King,’ the firm being justly famous for their clocks and watches, as well as their and bronze and ormolu work. NB: The Benjamin Gray and Vulliamy letter code has not been fully deciphered, made more difficult because it is not just a letter-for-number substitution. The code moved from three to four letters around 1812.
I believe the crest is for the Ives Family that has strong Norfolk roots.
The matting on the dial and light engine-turning on the case showing some light markings, as always, otherwise all in good, crisp condition showing few signs of use. Serviced and guaranteed.
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