London, South Kensington
16 July 2003
GEORGE PRIOR: A FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL REPEATING CLOCKWATCH FOR THE TURKISH MARKET
signed George Prior, Movement No.2051, circa 1800.
the gilt chain fusee two train movement with turned pillars, verge escapement, monometallic balance with diamond endstone, pierced and engraved cock, foot and furniture, silvered regulator disc, striking hours on a bell, repeating quarters by depressing the pendant, with signed dust cover, the white dial with Turkish numerals and gold beetle and poker hands, chased and pierced inner case with strike/silent lever in the bezel, the pierced and enamelled outer case centred with maritime scene and translucent and polychrome enamel surround, enamelled pie-crust rims to the case and bezel, diameter 56mm.
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George Prior was born 1782. He moved to London in 1822 and built up a considerable business in supplying watches to the Ottoman Empire, at the time one of the wealthiest markets in the Middle East. He died in 1830.
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