11 December 2002,
Price realised GBP 3,346
GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
A Regency brass and gilt-brass year-going mantel chronometer
George Margetts, London No. 134. Circa 1800
The white enamel dial signed Margetts TWELVE MONTHS TIMEKEEPER 134 with Roman and Arabic chapters, large diameter subsidiary seconds at VI, blued steel hands, the movement with circular brass plates secured by four slender steel pillars screwed to the front plate and pinned to the back plate, very large spring barrel and long fusee with chain and indirect wind system to the side of the case, Harrison's maintaining power, the partially re-built wheel train carried to the front plate and now with a later platform lever escapement, the brass bowl with handle to the top resting on a gilt-brass foliate cast frame with lion mask to the centre and on hairy paw feet
10¾in. (27cm.) high
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The train comprises seven wheels, starting with the fusee great wheel through to the escape wheel pinion of the modern lever escapement. There are indications that this was originally fitted with a form of sub-frame assembly, possibly having a detent escapement. As may be expected with a twelve month timekeeper, the barrel is exceptionally large and contains a very strong mainspring. The fusee is very high to accommodate the twenty-four turns in its groove.
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