A mid 18th century Paris watch, with verge escapement, in gold repousse pair cases.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge escapement, with a beautifully engraved and pierced balance bridge, showing a serpent entwined with foliage. Four square baluster pillars and a large silver regulator disk.
Signed Esquivillon et De Choudens.
The movement is in good, complete condition, and is running well.
DIAL : The fine white enamel dial is in excellent condition, with just some surface scratches, one tiny chip on the edge at 6, but no hairlines or repairs.
Gold coloured fancy hands.
INNER CASE : Gold, with maker’s mark TPA.
In quite good condition, with just the usual compression and some bruises to the band. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The gold stem and bow are a little worn but appear to be original. The high dome crystal is good, with just one tiny flake on the bezel.
OUTER CASE : A gold pair case with repousse decoration showing a classical scene, with four figures and ships in the background.
In good condition though with some wear to the high points of the repousse work. The hinge, catch and catch button (brass) are all fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
Both cases test as high carat gold.
Esquivillon and De Choudens are listed in Paris from about 1765. The watch dates from that period.
PROVENANCE : This watch was owned by Mrs Doris Herschorn (d. 1975) and by descent to her son Hugh Sassoon. It was formally in the collection of Hugh and Marion Sassoon, of Meonstoke House, Hampshire.