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Pair-case watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Daniel Delander (British, 1678–1733)
Maker:
Case maker: William Jaques (British, recorded 1679, died 1720)
Date:
ca. 1715–19
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Outer case, inner case, and champlevé dial: silver and blued steel hands; Movement: gilded brass, steel, and diamond endstone
Dimensions:
Diameter of outer case: 2 in. (5.1 cm); Diameter of inner case: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diameter of back plate: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Depth of whole object: 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1503a, b
Not on view
This watch incorporates an early eighteenth-century development in watchmaking: the use of jewel endstones—hard gemstones with holes drilled into them for pivoting the ends of the shafts to which the wheels are attached. This innovation was not only practical, helping to strengthen a part of the watch susceptible to wear and damage, but also beautiful. The large pink diamond endstone of the present example is visible at the center of Delander’s beautifully pierced and engraved balance cock.
Signature: Engraved on backplate of movement, in script: D. Delander/ 623/ London

Engraved on central cartouche of dial: Delander/London

Marking: Interior of outer case: WI (maker's mark) over 623;
Interior of inner case: W (partially effaced) over 523;

On interior of the case: ND
Frederick George Hilton Price , London (sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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