A fine mid 18th century London verge, in heavy gold repousse pair cases, all in exceptionally fine condition.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock, and silver regulator disk. Signed and numbered (12383). Very large diamond endstone and four wonderful fancy pillars. All in fine original condition and running well.
DIAL : Fine white enamel in absolutely perfect condition. Nice original 18th century blued steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : 22ct. gold, with London hallmarks for 1750, maker’s mark SG (Stephen Goujon) and movement serial number (12383). The winding aperture is protected by a sliding cover. Good high dome bull’s eye crystal. All in fine condition with just some scratches around the catch.
OUTER CASE : A fine and heavy 22ct. gold pair case, with wonderful repousse work, showing a hunting scene. Excellent condition, with just very slight rubbing to thre high points of the repousse work (the heads of the horses and central rider). The hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely.
The gold cases weigh about 70 gms (excluding movement and crystal).
There are several generations of Francis Perigal listed in London during the18th century.
This is Francis (I), a Huguenot, who is listed in London, in the Clockmaker’s Company between 1741 and 1756.
The casemaker is Stephen Goujon, who also had Huguenot origins. He was Master of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1760. His mark, SG with a gudgeon fish above, was registered at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1720 his address given as Porter Street, Newport Alley.