Fine original watch from this important maker, circa 1717.
Silver paircase, the inner 'box' numbered as the movement and stamped Ia (William Jaques), the outer 'case' stamped GI (Solomon Gibbs). Fullplate fusee movement crisply finished and beautifully engraved. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance with spiral balance spring. Two-piece silver champlevé dial, the centre with lovely 'lion and unicorn' swag to the name cartouche, with blued-steel 'tulip and poker' hands. 56.5 mm diameter.
Daniel Quare (1649-1724) the main rival to Thomas Tompion for best quality London work, this watch dating from just before the incorporation of Stephen Horseman as partner in 1718.
NB: Quare's reputation is very good but it has always suffered somewhat from the fact that his name, in various forms, was one of the most used by European fakers of the time. These, being of inferior manufacture even if sometimes complicated, have casts doubts on his abilities to always offer his customers the best work. Judging by this watch, the quality is at least the equal of his main rival - for example, note the use of a hexagonal mounted hour hand. See also the article on Quare by Robert Foulkes and Charles Allix published in the June 1949 issue of Argentor.
Some general signs of age and use, otherwise in fine original condition and a rare chance to acquire a complete (cases, dial and movement) watch by this fine maker - even the pinned on cannon pinion has survived the usual bodger's attention! Serviced and guaranteed.
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