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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 187

    Henry Hindley. A fine and rare 18K gold and enamel pair case openface verge watch

    SIGNED HENRY HINDLEY, YORK, CASE STAMPED WITH LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1758

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    Henry Hindley. A fine and rare 18K gold and enamel pair case openface verge watch
    Signed Henry Hindley, York, case stamped with London date letter for 1758
    Full plate gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, finely scroll and foliage pierced and engraved balance cock and foot, diamond endstone, metal dust cap, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer Arabic five minute divisions, blued steel hand, plain inner case, swivel bow, finely chased and polychrome enamel basse taille floral decorated outer case, movement and dust cap signed, inner case stamped with London date letter for 1758, outer case stamped PM
    49 mm. diam.


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    Henry Hindley (1701 - 1771) was one of the leading 18th century maker of clocks, watches and scientific instruments and the inventor of a screw-cutting lathe. In 1752 he built a clock for York Minster, England, where he apparently lived for much of his life.

    Hindley is furthermore known to have made one of the first dividing engines, a device essential for the construction of accurate graduated arcs on scientific instruments. He is moreover thought to have made the world's first equatorially-mounted telescope, which can now be seen in Burton Constable Hall.

    Provenance

    The Art of British Horology, Antiquorum Geneva, 21 October 1995, lot 53.