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The Hager family of instrument and watch makers first comes to notice with the master watch maker Melchior Hager (1575-1636) and members of the family are found in Frankfurt, Braunschweig, Wolfenbuettel, Arnstadt, Neuss and even Lisbon. Johan Melchior Hager of Frankfurt am Main was born in 1642 and died in 1713, son of Melchior Hager born in Steyr in 1602 and died in Frankfurt in 1658.
Several members of the family were instrument and watch makers with examples of their work in leading museum collections. An exhibition of their instruments and clocks was held in Wolfenbuettel in 1999, with an illustrated catalogue by Gunter Oestmann
The Huaud family were amongst the best enamellers of their time. Pierre Huaud (1612-1680) moved to Geneva in 1630 from his place of birth St. Chatellerault, France. Three of his eleven children were also know enamellers: Pierre II (1647-1698), Jean-Pierre (1655-1723) and Amy (1657-1724). In 1689 the brothers moved to Berlin where Pierre was elevated to "Court Painter". On his death in 1698, his two brothers returned to geneva.
The watch cases of the Huads are found with movements by various English, French, German and Swiss makers, to whom they were obviously sold at the time. The enameller of this case was Jean Pierre who signed his work :Huaud Lepuisné, before 1686.