Wonderful Paris gold & enamel

Stock No. 1686

Jacques De Bon
Paris, c1780
Gold & enamel case, 44 mm.
Verge escapement

Price £1500

A late 18th century, Paris, verge escapement pocket watch, in a fine gold and ‘peacock’ pearl set enamel case. FOR REPAIR.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance bridge, silver regulator disk and four round pillars.

Signed ‘De Bon, A PARIS’ and numbered ‘601’.

In good complete condition except for the balance wheel, verge staff and hairspring, which are absent..

DIAL : White enamel dial. Probably a little later, eg. mid 19thc.

In good condition, with just a couple of short scratches and flakes around the winding aperture. No repairs.

Gilt hands.

CASE : A wonderful gold, enamel and pearl set case, with a ‘peacock’ enamel panel to the back.
The back, and the bezel are decorated with a split pearl border set into blue enamel. French gold marks on the stem and inside of the back. The case tests as high carat gold.

The gold is in good condition with no significant damage or wear.
The split pearls are complete, mostly still with a good colour, though a couple show slight colour variation so may be replacements.
The enamel is in excellent condition, with just light scratches, mainly to the centre of the back and a little wear on the right hand edge of the back. The crystal is fine.

The hinge is fine and the front cover closes tightly. The catch securing the movement into the case doesn’t snap shut, though the bezel holds the movement closed tightly.

Jacques De Bon is listed in Paris from 1776 until his death in 1789. He was Clockmaker to The Duke of Orleans.