Fras PERIGAL, Royal Exchange, London. No 18352


£ 6,950.00

Fine centre-seconds watch in lovely condition.

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22ct gold paircase hallmarked 1781, the inner with the rather old-fashioned but quality feature of a revolving latch over the keyhole, casemaker ITP (John Terill Pain), Capped fullplate fusee movement with elaborately pierced and engraved slide plate and cock, with balance-brake at 9 operating on the motion work, both cap and movement signed and numbered. Cylinder (deadbeat) escapement with 15-tooth brass escape. Beautiful Roman & Arabic enamel dial and original gold beetle and poker hands, with matching gold centre seconds. 49 mm diameter.

Francis Perigal a fine watchmaker, a contemporary of the Mudge & Dutton firm, and similarly appointed, like Thomas Mudge, in 1784 as "One of the Watchmakers in Ordinary" to King George III.

Centre-seconds watches like this, as first offered by George Graham with his new deadbeat escapement from 1725 onwards, are rarely found and they rate among the finest looking English watches of the 18th century - even more so in such good and original condition as this example. NB: A similar centre-seconds watch by Mudge & Dutton, hallmarked 1771/2 but lacking all its hands, recently sold (July 2013) for over £17,000 at auction.

John Terill Pain, Dean St, Fetter Lane, the casemaker who appears to have continued the business of Peter Mounier, both amongst the finest casemakers of their day.

Small edge chip and scratches to dial and some slight signs of wear to case and cap. Otherwise a rare chance to own an example of a gold centre-seconds watch complete with almost perfect dial and hands, a style that is rightfully regarded as the epitome of English 18th century cylinder watches. Serviced and guaranteed.