French Oignon by Bussard, Paris

Stock No. 1787

Paris, c1700
Gilt case, 58.5 mm.


An early French ‘oignon’ verge, with an attractive movement in an engraved gilt case.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with a large silver engraved and finely pierced, balance bridge, showing a bird amid scrolls. Small silver regulator disk with 17th century style set up. Four large baluster pillars.


In good condition, and running well. There are some scratches around the pillar tops on the top plate, and mismatched screws.

DIAL : Attractive gilt dial with black & white enamel cartouche chapter ring.

The inner half hour enamel chapter ring, and hour cartouches are in good condition, but there is damage to the minute cartouches around the edge (5, 30, 40 and 60).
The dial feet are missing, and the dial is attached firmly by 2 small screws on the edge at 3:30 and 9:30. But the dial appears to be original as the bases of the old feet line up with the holes in the dial plate.

Blued steel fancy hands, which are replacements.

CASE : A gilt brass engraved case. The bezel and band are engraved with foliage, the centre of the back with dogs and birds.

In good condition with just overall and even wear to the engraving. The stem and bow both appear to be original. The hinge is fine and the bezel closes correctly.

The high dome crystal is in good condition with no chips or serious scratches.