A superb late 18th century cylinder, in beautiful triple case, made for the Spanish market.
MOVEMENT : Gilt cylinder movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock, silver regulator disk, large diamond endstone. Signed ‘Higgs y Evans, LONDRES’ and numbered (23801). Four square pillars. Protected by a removable signed gilt dustcap
All in wonderful original condition and running well.
DIAL : Beautiful signed white enamel in good condition. No repairs but some surface scratches, two very light hairlines (one running across the top from 10 to 1, and the other running down from 12 to 7), and some small chips around the bottom edge. Nice original 18th century gold beetle and poker hands,
INNER CASE : 22ct. gold, with London hallmarks for 1797, maker IW and movement serial number 23801. There are some very light bruises to the back, some scratches around the catch, and a small stud at the winding aperture showing that the case originally had a small sliding cover here. But in generally very nice condition, The bezel snaps shut nicely and the bull’s eye crystal is fine.
MIDDLE CASE : A fine 22ct. gold case, with fine bright cut engraving. Engine turning and nicely engraved monogram (AB) on the back. Again in very good condition.. The hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely.
OUTER CASE : An excellent gilt and underpainted horn case The horn is painted to imitate tortoiseshell, with a seaweed patter and gold highlights. The horn is complete on the bezel and with just 5 short cracks on the back. Only 3 pins missing from the bezel and only 3 from the back. The gilding is still bright, the hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely.
The gold cases weigh 65 gms (excluding movement, crystal and outer case).
Higgs and Evans are listed in London from 1775 and specialised in watches for the Spanish market (hence LONDRES).