An early French ‘oignon’ verge, with a very clean movement in a beautifully engraved gilt case.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with a large engraved and finely pierced, balance bridge, showing two birds to the centre. Small silver regulator disk with 17th century style set up.
Signed FARDOIL A PARIS.
In very clean condition, and running well. In good condition, though the small silver ornamental scroll to the left side of the regulator disk is missing.
DIAL : Attractive gilt dial with blue & white enamel cartouche chapter ring.
The 4 and 6 hour cartouches have been restored, but the others are original and in good condition.
Blued steel beetle & poker hands. The minute appears to be a replacement.
CASE : A gilt brass engraved case, in good condition with just some wear to the centre of the back. The stem and bow both appear to be original. The hinge is fine and the bezel closes correctly.
The bezel in engraved with scrolls and foliage, the back with cherubs, masks, portraits around the edge and a lover’s scene to the centre.
The high dome crystal is in good condition with no chips or serious scratches.
There are a number of makers named Fardoil, working in Paris during the late 17th and early 18th century.