Harry Potter's Watch London 1791 Gold Repousse Verge Fusee

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FACTORY / HOUSE: Harry Potter
STYLE / REFERENCE: Triple Cased Repousse Pocket Watch
METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Yellow Gold & Chagreen
DIMENSIONS: 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm) Diameter
CIRCA: 1791
MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Verge Fuzee
DIAL / HANDS: Original Enamel / Pierced Gold Hands

This magnificent Triple Cased Verge Fuzee Pocket Watch was produced by HARRY POTTER, a premier London watchmaker in the year 1791. Harry Potter Sr. was a master watchmaker working in London between 1775–1803.
He died in 1813. Located in Cripplegate, number 5 Well Street, Potter was renowned for his complex movements and finely finished cases. The impressive repousse case reveals riders on camels and knights. The case was likely finished in his own shop by Maweis, also a renowned jeweler of the time.

A similar example, in poorer condition was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum by Laura Frances Hearn in 1917. Laura was an avid art and watch collector. When she died her substantial watch collection was given to the museum. There are also examples of Potter's watches in the British Museum.

The outer, Chagreen case has been cosmetically restored, however the two gold inner cases are in excellent condition. Most impressively is the enamel dial, which is in very good condition. Remarkably, this watch still has its original hands.

The watch has both its original crystals. The dial side crystal done as a Bulls Eye is original. It is revealed in some of the front shots diffusing the light making it appear that the name is broken into section, it is not, this is just a result of the photography. Rest assured though the name is clear and pristine.

The watch still runs and keeps time for its period.

Details

  • Creator
    Harry Potter Sr.
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Date of Manufacture
    1791
  • Period
    1790-1799
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dealer Location
    Venice, CA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU42232978733
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