Description: circular, the exterior worked with a diaper pattern of Maltese crosses within engraved chevrons on reeded borders, the top with a snuff compartment, the base now enclosing the gilt full plate verge movement, fusée and chain, pierced and engraved balance bridge, white enamel dial inscribed:
Charles/ Dutertre, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute track, movement signed:
les Du Tertre / A Paris, no: 786, within similar border,
maker's mark, charge and discharge of Julien Berthe, date letter M for 1752, the front rim engraved, probably later: Sageret A Paris, with gold and steel key engraved to match, with hinged handle
Dimensions: 5.cm., 2 in. diameter; 4.4cm., 3 3/4 in. high,
Condition Report: Sotheby's does not guarantee the condition of watch movements. This interesting box appears to have been converted at a later date, possibly at the time the retailer's signature was added, to contain the watch movement.
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