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Rogers. A fine silver triple case verge watch, made for the Turkish Market
Rogers. A fine silver triple case verge watch, made for the Turkish Market

SIGNED ISAAC ROGERS, LONDON, NO. 18911, STAMPED WITH LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1795

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Rogers. A fine silver triple case verge watch, made for the Turkish Market
Signed Isaac Rogers, London, No. 18911, stamped with London date letter for 1795
With gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, finely pierced and engraved balance cock, foot and pillars, the white enamel dial with Turkish numerals, blued steel beetle and poker hands, in plain inner case, the second case with chased geometrical decorated bezel and rim and containing an original Isaac Rogers watch paper, silver and horn pinwork decorated outer case, first and second cases stamped IR and with London date letter for 1795, dial and movement signed
72 mm. overall diam.

Lot Essay

The present timepiece can possibly be considered the world's oldest "new old stock" watch!

Legend has it that in the United Kingdom, at the end of World War II, in 1946, the Red Cross were collecting watches, jewellery and other small precious items to trade for money to aid their causes. Amongst the vast quantity of goods collected was a box full of watches signed Isaac Rogers, originally destined for the Ottoman Empire and undiscovered for over 100 years.

The present watch was part of this lot and is in addition to its nearly unused, like new condition still retaining Isaac Roger's original watch paper, highly unusual for a watch of its age as such papers would in general be exchanged by the following watchmaker servicing it.

The renowned watch and clockmaker Isaac Rogers specialized in watches for the Turkish market. He was warden of the Company of Watchmakers from 1810 to 12 and in 1823. The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers was founded by Royal charter in 1631 in order to regulate the crafts of watch and clock making. The Company had certain policing powers and actively sought out poorly made material, seizing and destroying it. The Company is still in existence.

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