|42||Nicole, Nielsen & Co., for Dent, 33 Copckspur St., London, man's minute repeating chronograph with 60 minute register, 18+ jewels, stem wind, pin set, gilt plate movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, blued steel hairspring with inner and outer terminal curves and gold timing screws in an 18 karat, yellow gold, hunting case with presentation on gold cuvette "Downshire from his Mother July 2nd 1892" and the Downshire coat of arms engraved on front cover, rotating bow and pendant, and with London hallmark, date letter for 1891 and "EN" mark for Emil Nielsen, with Roman numeral, double sunk, white enamel dial, signed "Willis" on reverse, blued steel spade and poker hands, serial #30959, 54mm, 184.4g TW.
Condition: CASE: Minor pin pricks; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; Very fine scratches on inner surface of case; Minor gap between front cover and band when closed, no damage or stress to hinges; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Very good. HANDS: Very good. MOVEMENT PLATES: A few minor scratches; A few specks of verdigris; Small spot of oxide on minute register drive pinion control spring. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks). COMPLICATION FUNCTION: Functions properly. In raking light, previous signatures and addresses for both Charles Frodsham and Dent can be seen. Based on the presentation and coat of arms, it appears that the watch was owned by Arthur Wills John Wellington Trumbull Blundell Hill, the 6th Marquess of Downshire, 1871 - 1918
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
|43||Switzerland, man's quarter repeating pocket watch with Jacquemarts, key wind and set, gilt plate movement with pierced and engraved balance cock with verge escapement in a silver, hinged back and bezel, reeded edge, open face case, base metal cuvette marked "Breguet & Fils", Arabic numeral, enamel dial with applied silver gilt figures who appear to strike bells as the watch repeats, gold hands, 55mm, c1800.
Condition: CASE: Minor dents and waves, back; Dings and pin pricks; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; Minor scratches on inner surface of case; Bow replaced. DIAL: Small edge chip; Scratches minor to dial; Crystal glue residue; Figure at left with one replaced arm; Dirty. HANDS: Replaced. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Bright work with minor oxidation; Gilding dull; Screws with losses to blue; Mainspring setup ratchet replaced. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks). COMPLICATION FUNCTION: Watch strikes, high toned gong with low volume, hour snail advancing about 10 minutes before the hour, will need attention.
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
|46||Nicole & Capt., for Dent, London, England, man's split seconds pocket watch, 17+ jewels, stem wind, pin set, gilt plate movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, and gold timing screws in an 18 karat, yellow gold, snap back, hunting case with London hallmark, and date letter for the year 1865, Roman numeral, white enamel dial, blued steel spade and poker hands, serial #31743, 50mm, 119.7g TW.
Condition: CASE: Minor dings; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; Fine scratches on inner surface of case; Crown worn; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Very good. HANDS: Very good. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Minor scratches on winding wheels; Case clamp with a few minor patches of oxide. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks). COMPLICATION FUNCTION: Functions properly. This watch uses Nicoles keyless winding, and also the firms snap back case, and eliminating the inner dome, resulting in a thinner, more fashionable watch. It is also interesting in its use of a mechanism a split seconds function more closely related to the original type, departing from the earlier design in that one must depress the button for each stop and start of the split hand. The two hands continuously run together as in a sweep seconds watch, and may be split at will by pushing a button in the band to time events lasting less than 60 seconds. Pressing the button a second time reunites the hands. The hands cannot be stopped and returned to zero, as they can in the modern chronograph. David Penney provides an excellent bit of historical information, as quoted in this excerpt from his website: "This term 'split-seconds' can be very confusing as most of the earliest simple chronographs, including Nicole's in the 1844 patent, were designed to have two concentric seconds hands moving as one. Pushing a pin in the watch band would stop one of the hands, leaving the other to rotate with the running of the watch. On releasing the pin the stopped hand would immediately catch up with the moving hand, neither of which could be returned to zero. Such chronograph work was, for the obvious reason, called split-seconds, but the term has since come to be universally used with the later, post 1871 meaning."
Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500
|1148||Japan, "A" on dial, probably Aichi of Nagoya, BLINKING EYE parlor clock, with typical open spring movement, this one with lever escapement, the balance showing on the dial, and with a hidden connection from the lever to the eyes that produces animation. The case of Germanic influence, with embossed brass caryatids and buttons, and surmounted by a spread wing bird, c1905
Condition: overall very good original condition. This is an uncommon model that we have not sold before, the full dial plate depicts a hand painted female gypsy [with very minor losses at this time]. The action of the eyes is a little weak, but fully apparent. Ht 19"
Estimate: $400 - $500
|1149||Germany or Switzerland, singing bird box, the surface with blue enamel in imitation of lapis lazuli, each panel bordered with a white enamel band, and with gilt, engraved borders, the top with oval door concealing a bird with brightly colored feathers, appearing and performing on demand, late 20th century
Condition: box very good overall, functions well, sings the last few notes of his solo after disappearing from view
Estimate: $4,000 - $4,500
|1150||Mechanische Musikwerke Manufaktur, (MMM), Germany, singing bird box, engraved, gilt bombe case with polychrome enamel ornament, the top with black border, a turquoise enamel field with groups of flowers, and the lid with reclining figures in a pastoral landscape, concealing a bird with brightly colored feathers, appearing and performing on demand, late 20th century
Condition: box very good, enamel without damage, functioning correctly, 4 1/4" l
Estimate: $3,800 - $4,500
|1151||Mechanische Musikwerke Manufaktur, (MMM), Germany, singing bird box, the gilt case engraved with c scrolls and acanthus, top also with oval door engraved with birds and foliage, concealing a bird with brightly colored feathers, appearing and performing on demand, late 20th century
Condition: box very good, functions properly, 4 1/4" l
Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500