Description: 7½-inch dial with mask and scroll spandrels, matted centre with mock pendulum and date apertures, signed on a plaque John Hughes, London, strike/silent dial in the arch, the fusee movement with five knopped and ringed pillars, verge escapement, rack and bell striking, quarter repeating work completely removed, the case with inverted bell top, brass carrying handle and ball finials, moulded base and turned feet, the whole decorated in gilt with scrolls, trellis and birds
Dimensions: 49cm. 19¼in. high
Condition Report: PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS SHOULD INSPECT PERSONALLY. Dial is dirty, silvering lacking from rings and plaque, partial mount missing from arch, minute hand broken and partially missing. Movement is extremely dirty, both fusee lines broken, all quarter repeating work missing, badly replaced back cock and conversion to silk suspension, poor repair to replaced crutch: it will require total restoration. Case is dirty but decoration appears to be in generally good condition with old cracks and scuffs throughout, brass mounts extremely dirty. With a pendulum and winder.
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"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
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