• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 86

    A FINE AND RARE SILVER JAPANESE VERGE WATCH

    UNSIGNED, CIRCA 1810

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    A FINE AND RARE SILVER JAPANESE VERGE WATCH
    UNSIGNED, CIRCA 1810
    Full plate gilt brass verge movement, fusée, pierced and engraved cock and balance, three arm balance, plain gilt brass dial, outer ring with 12 removable numerals, inner ring with 24 segments, single hand, outer rectangular case with engraved floral motif to the center back and corner, twisted chord handle
    82mm length


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    What is interesting to note is that the numerals are removable to this Japanese verge watch. The numerals can be changed with each season to divide the time from sunrise to sunset into 12 equal hours. This interesting device displayed how the hours varied between diurnal and nocturnal time.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    The Estate of Leopold Metzenberg (Executive, Sears, Roebuck & Co.)
    Gift to present owner, 1952