Gold cased pocket chronometer

Stock No. 1608

Barraud’s
London, c1815
Gold case, 53 mm.
Spring detent chronometer movement

Price £5500

An early 19th century London pocket chronometer, in a fine yellow gold case, by a fine maker.

MOVEMENT : Spring detent escapement, free sprung balance with helical hairspring and diamond end stone. Signed (Barraud’s, Cornhill, London) and numbered (702).

All in excellent condition, though there is one tooth missing from the mainspring ratchet wheel. Running well, just losing about 4 seconds in 24 hours.

DIAL : Cream enamel dial, signed and numbered as the movement. Subsidiary seconds dial.

In good condition, with no repairs, but two light hairlines, running from 6 towards 1.

Matching gold coloured fleur-de-lys hands.

CASE : A heavy case, 18ct gold, unmarked. Milled band and engine turned back.

In good overall condition. Just very light wear to the engraving on the shoulder and a small ding to the band at 11. A little wear to the movement hinge. The case hinges are fine and both bezel and back cover snap shut correctly. The crystal with only very light scratches.

The gold case, excluding crystal, weighs about 60 gms.

Barraud of Cornhill London, is listed from 1799 until about 1860. The company were makers of chronometers to the Royal Navy.
A slightly later Barrauds chronometer (No. 721) is in an original gold case hallmarked for 1815, so this example (No. 702) dates from 1814 or 15.

The substantial case, which tests as 18ct gold, is unmarked and could be later but made specially for the movement.