16 May 2001
Swiss. An 18K gold, enamel, pearl and paste-set keywound pendant watch with châtelaine
Unsigned, circa 1810
With gilt-finished verge movement, engraved and pierced cock, chain fusée, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel moon-style hands, the circular case with diamond-set bezel and rim, ribbed band, the reverse centred by translucent green guilloché enamel, the front similarly decorated and centred by gold and pearl-set initials ML and a gold, scarlet enamel and pearl-set crown, together with a matching 18K gold, pearl and paste-set châtelaine, key, exhibition label, unsigned
34 mm. diam.
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