18 March 1998
Forfaict. An early silver verge pocketwatch
Signed Nicollas Forfaict AParis, early 17th Century
The gilt gut fusee movement with pre-hairspring steel balance, the pierced cock and irregular foot with floral design secured by a pin, blued steel click and spring set-up, turned baluster pillars with later silver dial-plate with engraved Roman chapter ring, chased and engraved gilt hand, in cast silver case of chrysanthemum design, with seven-piece box hinge and contemporary key, movement signed
38 mm. diam.
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Nicollas Forfaict, son of Augustin, first mentioned in Paris, rue Saint-Jacques, 1573. Last mention that he had premises in Cité 1619.
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