Hotel Richemond, Geneva
16 May 2005
Carpenter. An unusual gilt metal two train musical coach watch with sweep centre seconds, calendar and phases of the moon, made for the Chinese Market
Signed William Carpenter, London, circa 1780
With full plate gilt-finished two train verge movement, chain fusée, pinned musical drum playing three different tunes (Cotillion, Lovely Nancy and Minuet) with six hammers onto five inverted nesting bells, the white enamel dial eccentric hour dial with Roman numerals, outer Arabic five minute divisions, sweep centre seconds, two subsidiary dials indicating phases and ages of the moon and the choice of music, in large circular case with finely pierced and engraved scroll decorated band and centred by a sprig of flowers, outer case missing, music start/stop and balance start/stop levers in the band, dial and movement signed
78 mm. diam.
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